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Mumbai gang-rape cases: All accused found guilty

Last updated on: March 20, 2014 18:52 IST

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Five men were on Thursday held guilty of the gang-rape of two women in the abandoned Shakti Mills compound in Mumbai last year by a sessions court.

The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on Friday.

Seven people, including two minors, were arrested in connection with the two cases. Three of them were accused in both cases.

Principal sessions court judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi convicted Vijay Jadhav, 19, Mohammad Qasim Shaikh, 21 and Mohammad Ansari, 28, in both the gang-rape cases.

In addition to the trio, the court found Siraj Khan guilty in the photojournalist gang-rape case on August 22, and Mohammad Ashfaque Shaikh, 26, guilty in the telephone operator gang-rape case at the same compound on July 31 last year.

Two minors, one in each case, are being tried by the Juvenile Justice Board separately.

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Image: One of the accused is seen in the police van while being brought to the sessions court
Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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The court convicted the five men for gang-rape, conspiracy, common intention, unnatural sex and offences under the Information Technology Act.

Welcoming the verdict, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil, who was present in the court, said, "The cases were tried in the fastest possible time and victims have got justice....Hope this verdict will act as a deterrent".

The first case pertains to the gangrape of a 22-year-old magazine photojournalist who had gone to the deserted Shakti Mills compound in Central Mumbai with a male colleague on an assignment on August 22, 2013.

Five men, (including a juvenile, whose case was separated), were charged with raping her there after assaulting her colleague. They are Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali, Salim Ansari, Siraj Rehman and a minor.

The other case is that of a 18-year-old telephone operator who was gang-raped by five people (including three of the accused in the first case) at the same premises on July 31 last year.

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Image: Police officers escort a man who was arrested in connection with the gang-rape
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The accused in this case are Mohammed Ashfaq Sheikh, Mohamed Kasim Hafiz Sheikh alias Kasim Bengali, Salim Ansari, and Vijay Jadhav.

Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali and Salim Ansari are the common accused in the two cases.

The prosecution examined 44 witnesses in the photojournalist's case and 31 in the other case.

The defence examined three witnesses in the photojournalist's case and only one witness in the other case.

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Image: The ruins of Shakti Mills
Photographs: Afsar Dayatar/Rediff.com

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