A court in New Delhi, on Friday awarded life imprisonment to 5 men for gangraping a 52-year-old Danish woman in 2014. Here's a timeline of events of the case.
On June 6, Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar held the five guilty and set June 9 for hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence.
The judge convicted them for the offences under sections 376 (D) (gang rape), 395 (dacoity), 366 (kidnapping), 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of IPC.
The convicts are Mahendra alias Ganja (27), Mohd Raja (23), Raju (24), Arjun (22), Raju Chakka (23). One accused 56-year-old Shyam Lal died in February this year. Three other accused in the case are juveniles and the inquiry against them is in progress before the Juvenile Justice Board.
What actually happened
A 52-year-old Danish woman was robbed and raped by a group of men near the New Delhi railway station. The Danish woman, who came to India on January 1, had gone to visit a museum on Tuesday evening but lost her way to her hotel in Paharganj, a tourist hub in the heart of Delhi.
A corner of the yard of the SE Road Railway Officers Club where the Danish tourist was raped in New Delhi. Pic/AFP
Around 4 pm, a group of men lured her to an isolated spot where she was robbed of her iPad and cash and then raped by six men, one of who had a knife, police said. She was kept hostage for more than three hours, and somehow reached her hotel around 7 pm.
Timeline of the case
January 14, 2014: Danish woman loses way, approaches a group of several men asking for directions. They take her to a secluded spot close to the Divisional Railway Officers' Club near New Delhi Railway Station and nine persons gangrape her at knife point.
January 15: Victim leaves for Denmark without medical test.
January: Nine men including three juveniles arrested. Policebook accused persons for various alleged offences including gangrape, kidnapping and robbery or dacoity with an attempt to cause death or grievous hurt. Doctors in Denmark confirm rape on the woman. Request is sought for the victim to take part in the probe.
February 20: Accused Shyam Lal claims impotence, says has not raped the woman.
December 25: Court directs investigating officer (IO) to give report on the procedure to secure victim's presence before it for recording her statement.
January 12-13, 2015: Eyewitness Shivji Singh, a gardener with Indian Railways, identifies the six adult accused in court as the ones who gangraped the woman.
January 29: Court begins trial, records statements of prosecution witnesses.
July 1: Danish woman appears in court as witness, records testimony and identifies some of the accused.
July 2: Victim deposes before Juvenile Justice Board carrying out proceedings against three minors but fails to identify them.
December 11: Court records statements of accused who claim innocence saying police falsely implicated them.
February 26, 2016: Court informed about death of accused Shyam Lal in jail, proceedings against him abated.
May 25: Court concludes hearing final arguments, reserves judgement in the case.
June 6: Court convicts five adult accused for offences of gangrape, dacoity, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation and common intention of IPC. It fixes June 9 for hearing arguments on quantum of sentence.
June 10: Delhi court awards life imprisonment to 5 men for gangraping a 52-year-old Danish woman in 2014.