Court asks prosecution, police to conduct tests to verify claims

One of the six adults accused in the 51-year-old Danish tourist gang-rape case on Thursday claimed before a Delhi court that he was impotent while another pleaded juvenility.

Appearing before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudhanshu Kaushik, accused Shyam Lal alias Bhajni, who is 55-year-old and the eldest of all the accused persons, pleaded that he is impotent and had not participated in the crime. Co-accused Arjun alias Ajay, 21, pleaded that he is 17-year-old and sought court direction to the police to get his ossification test done to ascertain his age.

The court has directed the prosecution and the police to get impotency test done on Shyam Lal and bone age test on Arjun, though the police opposed the claims of the accused.

The other four accused are Mahendra alias Ganja (24), Mohd. Raja (22), Raju (23) and Raju Chakka (22).

They are accused of raping a Danish tourist at knife point along with two other juvenile accomplices on the night of January 14. All of them have been charge sheeted for gang-rape, kidnapping with intent to wrongfully confine a person, criminal intimidation and theft.

Railway gardener is eye-witness

The charge sheet cites a Railway gardener as an eye-witness who resides in a room near the Divisional Railway Officers’ Club close to the New Delhi railway station near where the incident took place.

The charge sheet says the woman was raped near the Officers’ Club at knife point when she was returning to her hotel room in Nabi Karim from Connaught Place.

All the accused persons were sniffing drugs near the Club and used to commit thefts at the railway station. They also stole the victim’s ipod, 750 Euros, watch, book and glasses.

The Danish tourist had refused to undergo a medical examination and left India by her scheduled flight on January 15, a day after the incident.

Later, on a request by Indian authorities through Interpol, she got her medical examination conducted at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen. Her medical report showed bodily injuries including on her private parts.

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