Mumbai police file chargesheet against 5 accused in photojournalist's gangrape case

Sep 19, 2013, 17:21 IST | Agencies

Four men were formally charged on Thursday in a Mumbai court over the gang-rape of a young photographer in the city last month, a case that reignited anger about women's safety across India.

Mumbai police on Thursday filed a chargesheet against four accused in last month's gangrape of a 23-year-old photojournalist.

A charge sheet was filed separately against the minor accomplice of the accused before a juvenile court.

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The accused have been charge-sheeted under various sections of IPC including 376(d) (gangrape), 377 (unnatural offence), 201 (destruction of evidence) and 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) among others.

Cops search for clues at Shakti Mills compound. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

The 600-page chargesheet filed in a magistrate's court has details of the victim's ordeal, statements of 86 witnesses, forensic evidence collected from the spot, DNA analysis reports, besides phone call records.

The photojournalist was allegedly raped by the five accused when she had gone to the deserted Shakti Mills compound on August 22 with a male colleague on assignment.

The accused-- Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav, Mohammed Kasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali, Siraj Rehman Khan and the minor--had tied up the victim's male companion with belts and allegedly raped her. Police had claimed it had a "water-tight" case against all the five accused. 

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