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MUMBAI: Three men convicted in the gangrape of a photojournalist at the Shakti Mills compound here last August have been given the death sentence by a court here because of their involvement in another gangrape.
The 23-year-old photojournalist of a local magazine was accosted and gangraped by Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali, Salim Ansari, Siraj Rehman and a minor boy when she and a male colleague went to do a photo feature on the abandoned Shakti Mills in central Mumbai on Aug 22, 2013.
Kasim Bengali, Vijay Jadhav and Mohammed Salim Ansari had also gangraped a 18-year-old telephone operator at the same spot in July – just a month before they brutalized the photojournalist.
Giving the death sentence to the three, the court said, “Exemplary and rarest of rare punishment is required in the case.
“Mumbai gang-rape accused were emboldened since law enforcing agencies hadn’t caught them. If this is not the case where death sentence prescribed by law is not valid, which is?”
The judge said the convicts “have least respect for law. They don’t have potential for reformation as per facts of case.
“The suffering that gang-rape survivor and her family has undergone is unparalleled.’’
Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had demanded the death sentence for the three – Kasim Bengali, Vijay Jadhav and Mohammed Salim Ansari.