New Delhi, Oct 20: A trial court on Monday sentenced all five convicts to life imprisonment in the 2010 Dhaula Kuan gang rape-cum-abduction case. All the men were found guilty of abducting and gang-raping a 30-year-old call centre executive in Delhi.
According to reports, Additional sessions judge Virender Bhat awarded life imprisonment to the five men — Shamshad alias Khutkan, Usman alias Kale, Shahid alias Chhota Billi, Iqbal alias Bada Billi and Kamruddin for the offence of gang rape.
The court also sentenced the convicts to seven years imprisonment for abduction charges, five years rigorous imprisonment for charges of criminal intimidation.
The court directed that all the convicts would undergo the jail terms concurrently, besides imposing a fine of Rs 50,000 each on all the convicts.
The court pronounced the quantum of sentence in a jam-packed courtroom amidst high drama with one convict Shahid fainting in the courtroom. Some relatives of the convicts reportedly broke down in the court room and termed the verdict as miscarriage of justice.
They reportedly said that they would challenge the verdict in the Delhi high court.
Citing their criminal background, the prosecution had sought life term, the maximum jail term for the offences for which the men have been convicted, citing the horrendous nature of crime.
The prosecution had also requested the court to issue directions for giving compensation to the victim by the accused.
The defence counsels, however, had sought minimum punishment for the convicts on grounds of long custodial period, their family responsibilities and poor financial condition.
The five men had abducted the woman, who hailed from the northeast, on November 24, 2010, when she was walking home with a friend after her work shift ended.
The abductors took her to Mangolpuri, gang-raped her, and left her on an isolated road there. The men were later arrested from Mewat in Haryana.
(With Agency Inputs)