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Policemen at the spot of crime during the investigation by forensic experts in Mumbai recently.Photo: PTI
Policemen at the spot of crime during the investigation by forensic experts in Mumbai recently.Photo: PTI

A Mumbai court on Friday awarded life sentences to four men convicted for gang-raping a 19-year-old call centre employee in the Shakti Mills Complex on July 31, 2013.

According to the amended Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, the sentence will continue till the convict’s natural death.

The four convicts are Vijay Jadhav (18), Qasim Hafiz Sheikh alias Qasim Bengali (20), Salim Ansari (27) and Mohammad Ashfaque Shaikh (26).

On the evening of July 31, 2013, the victim, who had taken a shortcut through the Shakti Mills on her way to the Siddhivinayak temple with her boyfriend, was waylaid and attacked by five people, including the four convicts and a minor.

Initially, she kept quiet about the incident but gathered courage to complain to police after the gang-rape of a 23-year-old journalist in the same premises on August 22, 2013.

Principal Sessions Judge Shalini Phansalkar—Joshi had Thursday convicted Jadhav, Bengali and Ansari in both the cases. The court also found Siraj Khan guilty in the photo-journalist’s gang-rape and Shaikh guilty in the call centre employee’s gang-rape.


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