Danish woman gang rape: HC upholds imprisonment till death
The Delhi High Court upheld the sentence on Monday of life imprisonment till death given to five convicts for gang raping a 52-year-old Danish woman here in 2014.
The high court dismissed the appeal of the convicts challenging their conviction and jail term awarded by a trial court in 2016.
A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta said the testimony of the victim and the DNA report, which was a clinching piece of evidence, have nailed the guilt of the convicts. The bench, however, pulled up the investigating officer of the case for not conducting a proper investigation.
The high court, meanwhile, rejected the testimony of an eyewitness given in the trial court, claiming to have seen the accused persons committing the crime with the victim, saying he could not be accepted as a natural witness.
“In view of the victim’s evidence, corroborated by the DNA report, this court is satisfied that the conclusion of the trial court on the guilt of the accused is correct. Accordingly, the appeals are dismissed,” the bench said. The trial court had on June 10, 2016, awarded life imprisonment till death to the five rapists, saying their “inhuman” and “brutal” acts of abduction and gang rape in 2014 had put a stigma on the reputation of the nation.