Bangalore: A city court in Bangalore on Friday has sentenced six men to life term on charges for gang-raping an undergraduate student of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) on Bangalore University’s Jnanabharathi campus, on October 13 last year.
The convicted are Maddura, 20, Doddaheeraiah, 19, Shivanna, 20, Eeraiah alias Eera, 20, Yaliyaiah alias Kumara, 23 and Rama, 50. One accused, Raja, 24, is absconding. The eighth accused is a minor whose case is before the juvenile justice court.
Justice Krishnamurthy B Sangannavar found the six persons guilty of all the charges levelled against them under abduction (Section 366 of the IPC), gang rape (376 -2G), dacoity (397) and assault (323 and 324).
The convicts, residents of Mettari Doddi in Dasegowdana Doddi village on the outskirts of Bangalore, regularly trespassed into the university campus in search of sandalwood trees as well as firewood.
On October 13, they were looking to poach sandalwood trees, when they came across the law student and her male friend in a car. They attacked the male friend of the girl and gang-raped her.
The six men were arrested based on the description given by the rape survivor to the police. They reportedly confessed to the police that they had been involved in several crimes, including rapes.
Police produced before the court clinching evidence of details of the calls made by the accused using the victim’s mobile phone.