NLSIU rape convicts get life term

NLSIU rape convicts get life term

A fast-track court on Friday sentenced six people convicted of the gang-rape of a law student to life imprisonment.

The accused — Mallesha, 20, Maddura, 20, Doddaerayya, 19, Shivanna, 20, Erayya, 20, and Yaliyaiah, 23, who belong to the Iruliga tribe — were convicted under Section 376 (2) (g) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for gang-rape, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and other relevant sections of the IPC.

The victim, a student of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), was sexually assaulted on October 13 last year. She and her male friend were dragged out of a car parked on NLSIU campus and taken to an adjoining forested area on the Jnanabharathi campus.

Of the eight perpetrators, one is a minor and his trial is under way at the juvenile court. Another accused, Raja, is absconding and the lookout is on.

Judge Krishnamurthy B Sangannavar handed over the sentences on Friday.

They were pronounced guilty on Wednesday. The trial was wrapped up in 13 sittings where 31 witnesses were produced. Besides, 79 documents related to the case were exhibited and 74 material objects were produced before the court.

Public prosecutor Sanjay Kumar V Bhat had appealed to the court to award the convicts maximum punishment. They will have to pay a fine of Rs 1,000 each. They will have to undergo six years of rigorous imprisonment if they default on the payment.

The victim has been directed by the court to appear before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board of Karnataka to apply for compensation.

“I was glad they were given a life term but the girl’s mental scar can never be healed. These convicts have taken away the dignity of her life and that can never be replaced,” Bhat told reporters later.

Officers who handled the investigation had earlier said the testimony of the victim played a major role in the conviction of the accused.

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