All five accused in the 2014 gang rape of a Danish woman in India have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court on Thursday. The men were found guilty of kidnapping, rape and robbery by the city court earlier this week, two years after the 52-year-old tourist was raped near New Delhi railway station at knife point.
“All the convicts have been sentenced to life imprisonment. They will remain in prison for the remainder of their life,” the ABC quoted public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava as telling reporters outside the Delhi court. “We had sufficient evidence to prove the charges and the court was satisfied with our arguments to hand down life sentences.”
According to Srivastava, the accused were also given jail terms for other offences that included robbery, which they will serve simultaneously with the main sentence.
The Danish woman had approached a group of men for directions to get back to an area of backpackers. After the incident, she left the country and returned in 2015 to record her testimony and identify the rapists.
Three others charged with the offence are currently being tried at the juvenile justice system and the ninth accused died before the end of the trial.
The policing procedures and the jail sentences for rapists were toughened by the Indian government following the gang rape of a Delhi student on a moving bus in December 2012. The incident sparked mass street protests across India after the victim died in hospital a few days later. It also brought to the forefront the issue of women’s safety in India.
Now the convicts of a gang rape in India will be facing a minimum of 20 years of imprisonment.