A court on Monday awarded life imprisonment to five men who have been found guilty in the abduction and gang-rape of a 30-year-old call centre executive in 2010.
The court convicted the men in the case on October 14. The quantum of punishment was announced today.
Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat awarded the life imprisonment to the five convicts — Shamshad alias Khutkan, Usman alias Kale, Shahid alias Chhota Billi, Iqbal alias Bada Billi and Kamruddin.
The court has also slapped a fine of Rs. 50,000 each against the convicts, who were present in the court during the pronouncement of the judgment.
Convict Shahid fainted in the courtroom soon after the court’s verdict came. The convicts’ families were disappointed over the judgment and vowed to challenge it in the higher court.
The courtroom was filled with relatives of the convicts and mediapersons.
A few of the relatives started crying outside the courtroom.
The public prosecutor asked the court to deal with the five men sternly and demanded maximum punishment for them. He said the convicts were involved in a serious crime that has left a scar on the victim’s soul.
The defence counsel, however, pleaded for leniency, saying the convicts are young and already faced mental agony of four years during the trial.
On November 24, 2010, the five men abducted the woman, who hailed from the northeast, from Dhaula Kuan. She was walking home with a friend after her shift ended, according to police.
The abductors took her to Mangolpuri, gang-raped her, and left her on an isolated road there. The men were later arrested from Mewat region of Haryana.
After the incident, the Delhi Police ordered all BPOs in Delhi and the National Capital Region to drop women employees at the door-step of their homes after their shift ends.