Four men were sentenced to life-time imprisonment for gangraping an 18-year old call centre operator in the deserted Shakti Mills compound in Mumbai in July last year. A minor is being tried in the case separately by a juvenile court. The 18-year old survivor had lodged a complaint after a 22-year-old photojournalist was gangraped in the same premises in August last year.
A total of seven persons, including two minors- one in each case- were arrested, while three accused are common in both the cases. The principal sessions court judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi convicted Vijay Jadhav, 19, Mohammad Qasim Shaikh, 21 and Mohammad Ansari, 28, in both the gangrape cases.
In addition to the trio, the court found Siraj Khan guilty in the photojournalist gangrape case on 22 August, and Mohammad Ashfaque Shaikh, 26, guilty in the telephone operator gangrape case at the same compound on 31 July, last year.
The sentencing of the trio convicted in the case of the photojournalist has been adjourned till Monday. A juvenile accused in the case is being tried by the Juvenile Justice Board.
The prosecution examined 44 witnesses in the photojournalist’s case and 31 in the other case. The defence examined three witnesses in the photojournalist’s case and only one witness in the other case.