Mumbai Gang Rapists Found Guilty

Indian police officials escort a convicted prisoner from a vehicle in Mumbai on March 20, 2014, after his conviction for gang rape
The attack on the Mumbai photojournalist renewed public outrage at India’s high level of sexual violence

MUMBAI, India – A court in Mumbai has found three men who had already been convicted of two gang rapes guilty under a new law that carries the death penalty.

Both the victims – a telephone operator and a photojournalist – were attacked in separate incidents at an abandoned textile mill in the city last year.

It is the first time that a new law targeting repeat sex offenders has been used in India.

Both trials were completed within seven months in a fast-track court.

Last month, a Mumbai court sentenced four men to life in prison for the gang rape of an 18-year-old telephone operator.

Three of those sentenced were also convicted of the gang rape of a photojournalist last August.

Sentencing is due on Friday.

The 22-year-old photojournalist, an intern with a Mumbai-based English magazine, had gone to the Shakti Mills – a former textile mill that now lies abandoned – with a male colleague on a photo assignment when she was attacked. Her colleague was beaten during the assault.

After that case made national headlines, the 18-year-old telephone operator came forward to report that she had been assaulted in the same place a month earlier.

In India, where a rape is recorded every 22 minutes, scrutiny of sexual violence has grown since the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012.

The case sparked off nationwide protests and forced the Indian authorities to introduce tough new anti-rape laws.

Four men were sentenced to death and a juvenile was sent to a correction facility for three years for the Delhi attack.

The attack on the Mumbai photojournalist renewed public outrage at India’s high level of sexual violence.

Source: (News India)