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Four gangrape convicts of December 16, get 10-year jail in dacoity case


New Delhi: A court here on Wednesday awarded 10-year jail terms to four people – earlier convicted for the brutal gangrape of December 16, 2012 – in a dacoity case that occurred on the same night. Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh on August 27 convicted the four people for dacoity, kidnapping, wrongfully confining a person, voluntarily causing hurt in committing or attempting to commit robbery, dishonestly receiving stolen property knowing it was obtained by dacoity and common intention under the Indian Penal Code. The four gangrape convicts  Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Mukesh and Pawan Gupta – were tried for beating up and robbing carpenter Ram Adhar before they raped and brutally assaulted a 23-year-old physiotherapist in a moving bus in Delhi. The court observed that ramifications of the incident with the public at large did not not allow it to show any leniency on account of their age, their economic and social backgrounds of their family situations. The court on Wednesday sentenced them to undergo a rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and slapped a fine of Rs.1.01 lakh each. There was no remorse on the face of convicts even after hearing the sentence awarded by the court.


The court observed that “any person who waits at a bus stop for transportation does so with the assurance that the buses plying on the road have complied with all statutory requirements and the person manning them have been permitted by the appropriate government to ply buses on the road after their antecedents have been verified”. The incident with Ram Adhar is an incident which affects every person who does not afford private transportation, it noted. “Even if a bus on the road is plying with all permits and statutory compliance’s, but that bus by chances happens to be empty, a person will think twice before entering it, lest he may suffer the same fate as Ram Adhar,” the court said. “This incident shakes the confidence of the public that buses plying on the road are a safe and secure mode of transport. “The court said such an act on the part of the convicts has taken away the confidence with which Ram Adhar boarded the said bus. “In future, Ram Adhar will always have the memory of this incident at the back of his mind whenever he needs to use public transport,” the court added.

The court opined that this incident may also compel Ram Adhar to shun public transport altogether and arrange for private transport for himself. All four were sentenced to death in the gang rape case by a trial court, which was confirmed by the Delhi High Court. The matter is now pending in the Supreme Court. Delhi Police, in its charge sheet filed on March 15, 2013, in the robbery case, said bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay, along with a juvenile, snatched Ram Adhar’s mobile phone and Rs.1,500 after luring him into the bus. Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay were put on trial in this case in which charges were framed in July 2013. Charges against Ram Singh abated after his death in Tihar Jail in March 2013.


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15-year-old girl gangraped on Facebook Live relocated to “safe space”

The woman also showed to the Chicago Police head the screen shots of the video of the assault

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New York, March 26, 2017: A 15-year-old girl whose gangrape was streamed live on Facebook, and her family have been relocated to a “safe space”, a media report said.

After the video of the attack was published, the authorities offered relocation services to the victim and her family as they started receiving threats and were being harassed, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Saturday.

On Monday, five to six men allegedly gangraped a teenager and streamed the assault live on Facebook. What was more horrifying was that the 40 people who watched the video did nothing — not even call the police.

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The incident came to the attention of the police on Monday night, when the girl’s mother approached the head of Chicago Police and registered a “missing” report. She said the girl disappeared on Sunday from the Lawndale neighbourhood.

The woman also showed to the Chicago Police head the screen shots of the video of the assault.

On Tuesday, the girl was found and reunited with her mother. Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the girl was found by Ogden District police officers.

The girl’s mother said that since the attack, people have threatened on Facebook that “they are going to get her” daughter.

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She also said that neighbourhood children have been laughing about the incident and ringing the family’s doorbell looking for the girl.

Guglielmi said the police have also “directed special attention” to the family’s home.

Last year three men in the US, who were streaming a video on Facebook Live, ended up recording their own shooting.

In the video, the three men were seen streaming a video while listening and rapping along to hip-hop music in a car. About five minutes and 40 seconds into the video, gun shots were fired. The police later confirmed the shooting.

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The video of the shooting was posted online and was shared over 1,000 times.

In another incident, a 28-year-old man was gunned down while he was filming some lighter moments with friends for Facebook Live in Chicago.

Antonio Perkins, father of three children, was live-streaming when the shooting occurred in the background. (IANS)