Mumbai: The trial judge sentenced four convicts to life imprisonment till death for gang-raping a 19-year-old telephone operator last July. The sentence for the convicts in the case of the gang-rape of the 23-year-old photojournalist will be decided on March 24. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam sought invocation of an additional charge against three of the convicts who were common to both the cases. The charge of section 376 E of Indian Penal Code (IPC) which he sought to add is to mark them as “repeat offenders in a rape case”.
The crime against the telephone operator had occurred on July 31, 2013 while that against the photojournalist, on August 23, less than a month later. However, the photojournalist filed an FIR immediately, inspiring and emboldening the operator to also file her complaint a month after she was attacked in a brutal manner at the same abandoned Shakti Mills compound in south Mumbai.