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Four get life in Shakti Mills gang rape case

In a first in the state of Maharashtra, four persons have been sentenced to life in a case of gang rape of an 18-year-old telephone operator which took place on Shakti Mills compound about eight months back. The prosecution has, however, moved for capital punishment.

While sentencing the four convicts, the court observed that the offence of rape was serious and brutal. ‘The offence violates the victim and the society at large. This is also the violation of the fundamental right of Right to Life and it should be kept in mind coupled with the fact that the offence of rape has caused agony on her mind,’ observed principal sessions judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi.

The court also held that the convicts - Vijay Jadhav (19), Mohammad Qasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali (21), Mohammad Ansari (28) and Mohammad Ashfaque Shaikh - did not commit the offence on the spur of the moment but it was a pre-meditated conspiracy.

After the court pronounced the quantum of punishment to the four, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam filed an application seeking framing of additional charges on the three common convicts in the photojournalist gangrape case, for repeated offence under section 376(e) of the IPC. Nikam said that the maximum penalty under section 376(e) of IPC is capital punishment.
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