JAIPUR: Three men, accused of raping a Japanese tourist nearly seven months ago, were sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Jaipur court on Friday. The three include Ajit Singh Chaudhary, a tout and the main accused.
Chaudhary and his two friends - Abrar and Wahid - have been charged under Section 376D of the Indian Penal Code. A total of nine people were arrested by the police during the course of investigation. While court held three men guilty, three others were discharged. Hearing against the remaining three is still going on.
According to the police, Chaudhary befriended the Japanese woman at Jal Mahal on February 8. On the pretext of dropping her at her hotel, he took her to an isolated place near Dudu on the Jaipur-Ajmer highway, forced her onto the ground and beat her up when she resisted. He then raped her. He later spoke to his friends on phone who asked Chaudhary to bring the woman to a cooperative society where Wahid worked.
Chaudhary asked the Japanese tourist to come with him and threatened her with dire consequences if she refused. The police said that the friends would have also raped the woman, but she raised an alarm and on hearing her cries for help, some villagers rescued the woman before Chaudhary could take her to his friends.
The police have used Section 376D for the first time in the state. As per the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, if a woman is raped by one person and it is found that some others were also intending to rape her with "common intention", all of them are deemed to have committed the offence of rape. The minimum punishment for each person is 20 years which may extend to life imprisonment (for the remainder of that person's natural life).
Compliments to the Jaipur police. Well done.
One of the fastest convictions in recent times. Good job by the India judiciary and police! Keep up the good work!
Such fast decisions will help in creating deterrence for perverts....
Rapist should be legally barred to appeal in higher courts!!
Kudos to the police.. Good decision by the courts
only 20 years
Rajasthan Police deserve compliments for getting the victim justice in just 7 months. Our judicial system be so geared that crminals of such heinous crimes are punished in shortest possible period.
Sanjeev Kumar Vyas
A good work done by the judiciary and hope they do not get any leniency shown to them from the higher courts as well.
They should have been fined heavily for the crime as well.
Excellent! This must be widely publisised to get full advantage to deter their (rapist gang oll over india)friends . MoreOver please don't give any bail. please publish photo off oll d rapist. so others roaming rapist should see it, & think about result off rape.
why not hanged and sent to Japan for burial !
They should have given death sentence................putting them in jail for 20 years each is a waste of taxpayers money.............any way it is good judgement...congratulations to police department and judiciary departments of Rajastan..