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Three in India, convicted of sexual crimes, sentenced to death

A court in India has sentenced three men, convicted of multiple sexual assaults in two seperate incidents, to hang for their crimes.
By Ed Adamczyk   |   April 4, 2014 at 4:48 PM   |   Comments

MUMBAI, April 4 (UPI) -- A court in India has sentenced three men, convicted of multiple sexual assaults, to hang for their crimes.

The men were convicted of raping a photojournalist in Mumbai last year, and are also among five men sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape of another woman in Mumbai in a separate incident.

The court is enforcing a new law which carries the death penalty for those convicted of multiple sexual assaults.

“There needs to be zero tolerance for such incidents. A loud and clear message needs to be sent to society,” said Judge Shalini Phansalkar Joshi at the sentencing hearing.

Both trials were fast-tracked in court and completed within seven months.

The photojournalist, 22, was raped at an abandoned textile mill where she was covering a story. A male colleague was beaten in the attack. After that case made headlines, another woman, a telephone operator, 18, came forward to report she had been assaulted a month earlier, in the same location.


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