BPO employee gangrape: Court to pronounce verdict tomorrow

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New Delhi, Sept 21: A Delhi court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Monday the sensational abduction and gangrape case of a 30-year-old BPO executive from the northeast in Dhaula Kuan in 2010.

Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat had on September 8 reserved the judgement after the final arguments were concluded in the case in which five persons were facing trial. Shamshad alias Khutkan, Usman alias Kale, Shahid alias Chhota Billi, Iqbal alias Bada Billi and Kamruddin alias Mobile, had allegedly abducted the victim on November 24, 2010 while she was walking home with her friend after her shift had ended.

According to police, the accused took the victim to Mongolpuri, gangraped her, and left her on an isolated road there.

"Meanwhile, the victim's friend, the prime witness in the case, alerted the police control room about the abduction. The police later arrested the accused from Mewat in Haryana," the police had said in its charge sheet. All the five adult accused, facing trial in the case, had claimed innocence and said that they were falsely implicated in the case. They are facing trial under sections 376(2)(G) (gangrape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 365 (abduction) of the Indian Penal Code.

During the investigation, Kamruddin, Shahid and Iqbal had refused to undergo test identification parade (TIP) after their arrest while the victim had identified Shamshad and Usman during the TIP.

During the trial, the police had claimed that the accused have also confessed to their crime. According to charge sheet, after his arrest, Kamruddin had purportedly expressed remorse over the act before police.

The case had forced Delhi Police to issue an order to all BPOs in Delhi NCR to drop women employees home safely and provide them security during night. The incident also led police to issue specific directions to PCR vans to remain visible on roads and that one officer should remain outside the vehicle round-the-clock.


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