Shakti Mill gang rape: Bombay HC commutes death sentence to life imprisonment for 3 years

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday commuted the death sentence to rigorous life imprisonment of three criminals convicted for the brutal gang-rape of a photo-journalist in 2013 at the Shakti Mills compound.

A division bench of Justice SS Jadhav and Justice PK Chavan, while upholding the conviction, overturned the trial court’s 2014 order of Chief Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi, which had awarded death sentence to the three accused, Kasim Sheikh Bengali, 21, Salim Ansari. . 28 and Vijay Jadhav, 19.

The verdict came in appeals filed by three convicts, who – along with one Siraj Rehman Khan and an unidentified minor – were tried for the gang rape on August 22, 2013, which shook the nation.

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The judges ruled that the Constitutional Court could not impose a sentence based on public opinion and that although this may have been contrary to the view of the majority, the court followed procedure.

The three convicts – who became the first in the country to carry out life imprisonment or death sentences for repeat offenders in rape cases or repeat offenders in the wake of the Delhi Nirbhaya gang under section 376(e) of the amended Indian Penal Code- rape case of December 2012 – shall not be entitled to furlough or parole while serving a sentence of life imprisonment.

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