A Delhi court today reserved for June 6 its judgement in a case in which a 52-year-old Danish woman was gangraped allegedly by nine persons, including three juveniles, two-years back in the national capital. Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar heard the final arguments of Delhi Police and defence counsel and fixed the case for pronouncement of verdict.
During the proceedings, Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava argued that testimonies of the woman and an eye witness, medical and forensic evidence, including DNA test reports, clearly nails the five accused in the case.
He said the woman had clearly identified three of the six adult accused in the court while she was not completely sure about others. Advocate Dinesh Sharma, legal aid counsel for the accused, claimed that his clients were falsely implicated in the case and eye witness Shivji Singh was a planted witness.
He also argued that as it was a sensational case so under the pressure of top police officials and media, the cops implicated his clients who were innocent. According to the prosecution, the nine accused, all vagabonds, had allegedly robbed and gangraped the Danish tourist at knife-point on the night of January 14, 2014, after leading her to a secluded spot close to the Divisional Railway Officers’ Club near New Delhi Railway Station.
All nine accused were arrested. The five adult accused - Mahendra alias Ganja (27), Mohd Raja (23), Raju (24), Arjun (22), Raju Chakka (23) - are in judicial custody and facing trial. 56-year-old accused Shyam Lal, who was in judicial custody, died in February.
Three other accused were juveniles against whom inquiry before the Juvenile Justice Board is in progress. The prosecution has examined 27 witnesses in support of its case while the accused had opted not to lead any evidence in their support.
During the trial, the accused claimed innocence and denied the charges of raping the woman. They claimed that a day prior to the alleged incident on January 14, 2014, they had hired a prostitute and had physical relations with her and had not done anything with the Danish woman.