Time to review anti-rape laws

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Finally the four accused have been awarded life sentence for the gang rape of a telephone operator at Shakti Mills Compound in 2013. The public prosecutor has demanded a death sentence for three convicts who were also were convicted in the gangrape of a photojournalist at the same spot. The hearing of both cases were going on since last few months thus justice has been delivered after the court’s verdict. Thus now time has come to award either a life imprisonment or death penalty to the convicts responsible for the gangrape of the photojournalist.

After the Delhi Court had awarded death sentence to four accused responsible for the gangrape of Nirbhaya the entire nation was demanding death sentence to the convicts responsible for the gangrape of the photojournalist. According to top criminal lawyer the possibility of awarding death sentence to the accused of Shakti mill photojournalist gang rape is rare. The maximum punishment provided for gangrape under the Indian Penal Code was life imprisonment.

The 22-year-old photojournalist who was working with English Magazine was brutally gang-raped at Shakti Mills compound by five drug peddlars. The incident led to a commotion around the country and after which cops arrested all five accused responsible for committing the crime.

The 19-year-old telephone operator was gang raped by five persons including three of the accused in photojournalist’s rape case on the same premises of Shakti mill on July 31, last year. After the rape case of photo journalist came into limelight, this brave girl who was telephone operator working at one private firm willingly came forward and complained to the police that she was raped. We need to salute the bravery of this girl who came forward and informed everyone about the brutality of those monsters who raped many women on difference occasions.

The accused were thinking that the police won’t be able to crack this crime. The brave photojournalist had exposed their heinous crime in public. It was really unfortunate that the female photographer had visited the isolated Shakti Mill compound to capture the unlawful activities occurring there to educate the readers. However, she was raped by the miscreants in a brutal manner.

Cops need to take a cue from such incidents and become more active so that incidents like rape should be curbed. Police need to become alert so that women can travel freely in the city without any fear. The four convicts who were awarded the life term are Vijay Jadhav, Qasim Sheikh alias Bengali, Salim Ansari and Mohammad Ashfak Shaikh. The fifth accused, a minor in the telephone operator gang rape case, is being tried by the Juvenile Justice Board.