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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 1:24 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 1:24 AM (IST)

HC upholds life term for five in Danish rape case

New Delhi, April 16

The Delhi High Court on Monday upheld the sentence of life imprisonment till death given to five convicts for gangraping a 52-year-old Danish woman here in 2014.

The HC dismissed the appeal of the convicts challenging their conviction and jail term awarded by a trial court in 2016. A Bench 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 pulled up the investigating officer of the case for not conducting a proper investigation. “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 in 2014 had put a stigma on the reputation of the nation.

The nine persons, all vagabonds, had robbed and gangraped the Danish tourist at knife-point on January 14, 2014, after leading her to a secluded spot. — PTI

Woman molested

Mumbai: Mumbai police have arrested a man for allegedly molesting a woman near the venue on Carter Road in the Bandra area where people had gathered to protest the Kathua and Unnao attacks on Sunday evening. The accused, Raju Jadhav, allegedly made indecent gestures at the woman and tried to hold her hand. TNS 

No clue in Surat case

Ahmedabad: Surat police are still groping in the dark to establish the identity of the 11-year-old who was raped and brutally tortured for eight days before being murdered. Nearly 120 personnel were on the job to crack the case. Meanwhile the Rajkot police on Monday arrested a 24-year-old person for raping his nine-year-old neighbour.  OC

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