A trial court on Tuesday convicted all five men accused of abducting and raping a call centre employee in a moving vehicle near Delhi's Dhaula Kuan area in 2010.
The five accused — Shamshad alias Khutkan, Usman alias Kale, Shahid alias Chhota Billi, Iqbal alias Bada Billi and Kamruddin alias Mobile — were pronounced guilty by the additional sessions judge Virender Bhat. The Saket district court will announce the sentence for their crime on 17 October.
"All the accused in the case have been convicted, the quantum of punishment will be pronounced on October 17," Daily News & Analysis quoted lawyer Abdul Salam.
The case dates back to 24 November 2010. On that night, the victim, who hailed from north-east India and worked in one of Delhi's BPO offices, was heading back home along with a friend after finishing her shift.
Though the pick-up van had dropped her near her locality, she had to walk down to her house. Even before she could reach her home, the five accused abducted her and took her to Mangolpuri area in Delhi and raped her in their moving vehicle for over 30 minutes, before leaving her in an isolated area on the road, according to NDTV report.
The 30-year-old victim then called her friend who was accompanying her before she was abducted and told her where she was. Her friend informed the police control room about the incident.
All the five accused were arrested within a month's time after the incident took place and were chargesheeted in February 2011. The final hearing began only in June 2014 after the court framed charges against the five in the abduction and gangrape case in August 2011, according to IANS.