[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Life sentence for Mumbai gang-rape convicts

Four men sentenced to life for raping woman at abandoned compound, the spot where they also raped a photojournalist.

Last updated: 21 Mar 2014 13:04
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The federal government has passed stricter laws against sex crimes after mass protests [AFP]

An Indian court has sentenced four men to life in jail for gang-raping a woman in Mumbai last year.

The men had been convicted by the same court a day earlier for gang-raping two women in the abandoned Shakti Mills compound in two separate incidents.

Spotlight
Follow our special India coverage

Friday's life sentences were over the rape of a telephone operator. The court will pronounce the punishment over the gang-rape of a woman photojournalist at the same place next week.

The sexual assault on the photojournalist in August while she was on an assignment triggered outrage across the nation.

A few days later, the telephone operator lodged a complaint with the police, saying she too had been raped by the men in July.

A recent string of sex crimes have sent shockwaves across the country, forcing the federal government to bring about stricter laws.

A month ago, a woman in the eastern state of West Bengal was gang-raped as punishment on the orders of a village court after she was found with her boyfriend.

187

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Polio remains endemic in Pakistan as health workers battle anti-vaccine prejudice and threat to life by armed groups.
Despite 14-year struggle for a new mosque in the second-largest city, new roadblocks are erected at every turn.
Authorities and demonstrators have shown no inclination to yield despite growing economic damage and protest pressure.
Lebanese-born Rula Ghani may take cues from the modernising Queen Soraya, but she'll have to proceed with caution.
One of the world's last hunter-gatherer tribes has been forced from the forest it called home by a major dam project.