Six convicted for rape on Jnanabharati campus
By Umesh R Yadav | ENS | Published: 05th September 2013 07:14 AM |
Six of the eight accused in the brutal gang-rape of a 21-year-old law student on Bangalore University’s Jnanabharati campus on October 10, 2012, were convicted on Wednesday by the V Additional City Civil and Sessions Court. They will get a minimum of 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a maximum of life. The sentence will be pronounced on Friday.
The trial has created judicial history by convicting the accused in just 13 sittings, the fastest verdict the country has seen. The previous record was 17 sittings in a case in Tamil Nadu.
Judge K B Sangannanavar convicted Ramu, Doddairayya, Shivanna, Maddura, Yeleyayya and Irayya of Ramangaram and Mattaradodigudda.
Trial of the seventh accused, a juvenile, is still on at the Juvenile Justice Court, while the eighth accused, Raja, is still absconding.
All six were convicted under IPC Sections 376 2 (g), where the punishment is rigorous imprisonment for not less than ten years, but maybe for life. The accused shall also be liable to pay fine.
All eight were aged between 17 and 25 when the crime was committed. They are all believed to be sandalwood smugglers.Will the conviction of the 6 accused...
The other sections they are convicted under are: 366 (kidnapping and abduction), 397 (robbery or dacoity, with an attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 323 and 324 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 147 (rioting), besides 427 (mischief causing damage, and the punishment is a fine of `50).
Public Prosecutor S V Bhattaru submitted before the judge: “After the gang-rape on October 10, 2012, the victim has given up all ambitions of being a lawyer, discontinued her studies in the prestigious National Law School of India University and returned to her home country. She lost everything in Bangalore and has suffered a lot at the hands of the accused. She lost her ambitions and career because of this incident, for no mistake of hers.”
Bhattaru asked for the maximum punishment for the accused and compensation to the victim, through the rape victim rehabilitation board and from the accused.
Judge Sangannanavar asked the accused individually to confirm that they are guilty and let them speak about the conviction. They all admitted to guilt. But Basanna, their advocate, said they are poor and can’t give financial compensation to the victim.
“They are all youngsters. Some are married and have children, some are unmarried and orphans,” he said.
Accused Ramu said he is unmarried and has parents, while Doddairayya, Yeleyayya and Shivanna said they are married and have two children each. Maddura and Irayya said they are unmarried orphans.