Danish woman gang-rape: Court reserves judgement for Jan 21

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday reserved for January 21 its judgement in a case in which a 52-year-old Danish woman was allegedly gangraped by nine persons including three juveniles here two years ago.

Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja fixed the case for pronouncement of the verdict after concluding hearing the final arguments from the prosecution and the counsel for accused.

“Arguments of defence concluded. The case is directed to be listed for judgement on January 21. Defence is also at liberty to file written arguments, if any, within two days from today,” the judge said.

According to the prosecution, 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 the nine accused were arrested. The six adult accused – Mahendra alias Ganja (26), Mohd Raja (22), Raju (23), Arjun (21), Raju Chakka (22) and Shyam Lal (55) – are in judicial custody and facing trial. Three of the accused were juveniles against whom inquiry before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) is in progress.

The nine accused are facing charges of alleged gangrape, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, dacoity with an attempt to cause death or grievous hurt, criminal intimidation and receiving stolen property under the IPC. During the final arguments today, counsel for the accused alleged there were deficiencies in the prosecution evidence and several missing links in the story of the police.