Dec 16, Delhi gangrape convicts get 10-year jail in dacoity case

New Delhi: Four convicted men in brutal gangrape of Damini in Delhi on December 16, 2012 have been sentenced 10 years imprisonment by a court here in a dacoity case that occurred on the same night.

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh on August 27 convicted the four people for dacoity, kidnapping, wrongfully confining a person, voluntarily causing hurt in committing or attempting to commit robbery, dishonestly receiving stolen property knowing it was obtained by dacoity and common intention under the Indian Penal Code.

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The four gangrape convicts – Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Mukesh and Pawan Gupta – were tried for beating up and robbing carpenter Ram Adhar before they raped and brutally assaulted a 23-year-old physiotherapist in a moving bus in Delhi.

The court observed that ramifications of the incident with the public at large did not not allow it to show any leniency on account of their age, their economic and social backgrounds of their family situations.

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The court on Wednesday sentenced them to undergo a rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and slapped a fine of Rs.1.01 lakh each.

There was no remorse on the face of convicts even after hearing the sentence awarded by the court.

All four were sentenced to death in the gang rape case by a trial court, which was confirmed by the Delhi High Court. The matter is now pending in the Supreme Court.

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Delhi Police, in its charge sheet filed on March 15, 2013, in the robbery case, said bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay, along with a juvenile, snatched Ram Adhar’s mobile phone and Rs.1,500 after luring him into the bus.