Danish woman gang-rape: 'Evidence shows involvement of accused'

Delhi Police on Tuesday argued in a court that testimonies of 52-year-old Danish woman and an eyewitness established that nine accused had raped the foreign national here in 2014.

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday argued in a court here that testimonies of 52-year-old Danish woman and an eyewitness along with medical evidence established that nine accused including three juveniles had raped the foreign national here in 2014.

Commencing final arguments in the case, the prosecutor said the woman's deposition in the court strengthened the case of prosecution and she has stood by her statement given to the police earlier.

Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava argued before Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja that the woman had identified three of the six adult accused, facing trial before the court, as the offenders and the involvement of others were proved by testimony of the eye witness and medical evidence.

"The eye witness Shivji Singh has identified all the accused as the ones who had gangraped and robbed the woman in January 2014. Even the case property, including the woman's articles, were recovered from these accused and their DNA has also matched," Shrivastava said.

He added that though the woman had identified three accused in the court, she did not say that the others were not involved in the case. Regarding others, she has said she was not 100 per cent sure.

Shrivastava's arguments remained inconclusive and would continue tomorrow.

The police charge sheet has said 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 the nine accused were arrested. While the three juveniles are facing an inquiry before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), 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.

The nine accused have been booked on charges of gangrape and robbery or dacoity, with an attempt to cause death or grievous hurt. During recording of their testimonies, the six adult accused had claimed innocence and alleged that the police had falsely implicated them in the case.

They had also said they do not want to examine any witness in their defence. 

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