A sessions court in Mumbai on Friday awarded life sentence to four convicts for the July 31, 2013 gang rape of a telephone operator on the Shakti Mills compound.

The accused will face imprisonment till the end of their natural lives.

“The manner in which the offence was committed reflects the depravity of the accused,” observed Principal Sessions judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi.

The crime was not an impulsive act, but the premeditated outcome of a criminal conspiracy, she said.

“A proper signal has to be sent out to society. Even if in this case the accused are not reformed, others like them will be deterred. In some cases, mercy is justified. But in this case it would be misplaced and would be a mockery of justice.”

The quantum of sentence in the case of the gang rape of a photojournalist which took place on August 22 at the same site will be pronounced on March 24.

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