Khammam (AP): A local court has sentenced
nine persons, including a student, to life imprisonment for
the gang rape of a minor girl and circulation of the
incident`s video footage near here in 2007.
Five other accused were also found guilty by
Additional Sessions Judge at Kothagudem fast-track court
Vijayalakshmi, who awarded 10-year jail term to one of them
and five years each to the others.
Raj Kamal, then a 19-year-old student, is among those
handed out life imprisonment. The judgement came last week.
While nine accused were involved in the gang rape, the
others circulated photographs and video footage of the crime
to a local cable operator, according to the prosecution.
The incident took place in 2007 after which the
accused used the photos to blackmail the victim, then 17-year-
old, and her family, it said.
A formal case was lodged by the victim with Kothagudem
Police Station only in January 2009 and in the same month all
the accused were arrested.
The girl was later counselled and rehabilitated by the