Surat, Feb 19: Setting new standard of speedy justice in rape cases, a Gujarat fast track court on Friday, Feb 19 sentenced three accused to life imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh each.
Shahid Saiyed (22), Tariq Saiyed (21) and Abu Bakr (33) were the accused in the Surat gangrape of a 16-year-old in Jun 2009.
Posing as policemen, the trio picked up the victim when she was her way to a coaching class in the wee hours of the morning and raped her in a vehicle. The accused also recorded a video of the act on mobile phones.
Two of the three accused are sons of policemen.
This is the first rape case that has seen justice within a year. The case was transferred to a fast track court after wide-spread protests.
On Jun 13, 2009, an enraged mob thrashed the three accused prompting the Gujarat government to transfer the case to a fast track court.