Danish Woman Gangrape: Delhi Court Convicts Five Accused

| } June 6 , 2016 , 11:30 IST
Police-CellA Delhi court on Monday convicted five of the nine accused of raping a Danish woman in the national capital. The court will hear arguments on quantum of sentence on June 9. The nine accused were arrested in January, 2014. Out of nine, the three were juveniles who are facing an inquiry before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB). The six adult accused — Mahendra alias Ganja (24), Mohd Raja (22), Raju (23), Arjun (21), Raju Chakka (22) and Shyam Lal (55), were in judicial custody and facing trial, however Shyam Lal died in February inside Tihar jail and proceedings against him in the case were abated. The police charge sheet said the nine accused, all vagabonds, had allegedly robbed and gangraped the Danish tourist at knife-point on the night of January 14 in 2014 after leading her to a secluded spot close to the Divisional Railway Officers’ Club near New Delhi Railway Station. The nine accused have been booked on charges of gangrape and robbery or dacoity, with an attempt to cause death or grievous hurt under IPC. Earlier, depositions of the victim and two Danish police officers, who had come here from Denmark in pursuance to summons, were also recorded by the court. During an in-camera hearing on July 1, the woman had narrated to the judge the entire incident and identified three of the six adult accused as the ones who had gangraped her. However, while deposing before JJB, she had turned hostile and failed to identify the three minor offenders.