Woman, gang-raped by friends in Mumbai, dies in Aurangabad hospital; NCP slams police, to take out protest march tomorrow
A 19-year-old woman who was allegedly raped by four of her friends in Mumbai died at a state-run hospital in Aurangabad city
A 15-year-old girl was gangraped by her friend the details of the crime emerged after girl's aunt received a video clip of the rape in session on WhatsApp.
The final arguments in Shakti Mill telephone operator gangrape case were concluded by the defence on Tuesday, paving the way for pronouncement of judgment by the court.
A Mumbai sessions court, conducting the trial in the Shakti mill telephone operator gangrape case, on Monday allowed defence lawyers to examine the editor of a city-based English daily as a witness.
The 22-year-old magazine photojournalist had gone with her colleague to the deserted Shakti Mills compound located in the central Mumbai, on an assignment on 22 August last year when five men gangraped her at the abandoned mill, after bashing him up.
Hearing the plea of the accused for transfer of Shakti Mills gangrape case, the Bombay High Court on Friday refused to stay the trial in the lower court and asked their lawyers to make a proper representation.
Mumbai city has witnessed 237 rapes, including eight gangrapes till August this year, with police saying that in most cases, the victims knew the accused, majority of whom were either "friends and lovers" or neighbours.
A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by four men in suburban Borivali last night, the police said here today.
The friend of the 18-year-old telephone operator who was allegedly gang-raped at the Shakti Mills compound on July 31 deposed before the court here today.
A photo-journalist, survivor of the gangrape in a deserted mill, fainted while making her deposition before a court and was taken to a local hospital.
"The rape survivor fainted during the deposition after which we stopped the proceedings and I requested the court that she be referred for medical help," special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.
Two witnesses, including mother of the photojournalist who was allegedly gangraped in the Shakti Mill compound here on August 22, deposed before a sessions court on the second day of the trial today.
The Mumbai police today added an offence under the Information Technology Act to the charges in the photojournalist gang-rape case, as one of the four accused had allegedly showed a porn video clip to the survivor during the crime on August 22.
Arguing before principal judge of the sessions court Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi, Nikam described the crime as "horrible, gruesome, merciless sexual assault on two young girls".
The court, which was hearing 'winding up' petition of the defunct Shakti Mills, had said the Public Works Department (PWD) could undertake phase wise steps to ensure the compound is secured.
Mumbai Police on Monday moved an application before a sessions court seeking issuance of a transfer warrant against Siraj Rehman, who is in custody in connection with the 22 August gangrape case, on charges of kidnapping and molesting of a 50-year-old woman.
Following the 'disappearance' scare on Thursday, a sessions court today allowed police to handcuff the four accused in the photojournalist gangrape case during the transit between court and jail.
The embarrassing lapse came to light when the accused in the gangrape case of a photojournalist were brought to the court for routine production.
Stressing the need to take urgent steps to secure the Shakti Mills premises in central Mumbai where a photojournalist girl was gangraped last month, the Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Public Works Department and the official liquidator to clear the shrubbery inside.
Television channels are reporting that Siraj ur Rahman, who is one of the accused in the gangrape of a photojournalist at Shakti Mills in Mumbai, is 'untraceable' from the Thane Jail where he had been staying