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Three men get 20 years for gang rape of Japanese student in India

The fast-track trial included an application of a new law broadening the rape statute.

By
Ed Adamczyk

JAIPUR, India, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Three men in Jaipur, India, were sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for the rape of a Japanese student who was visiting the country.

The three defendants included, Ajit Singh Chaudhary, the man found to be the primary actor in the assault, and Abrar Wahid and Abdul Wahid, who were convicted under a new law deeming any accomplices present and planning "common intention" to commit rape to have committed the crime.

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Three others, identified as Shivraj, Ramraj and Rambveer, were found guilty of conspiring to gang-rape the victim and were sentenced to three years in prison. Three other suspects were released.

Police said the tourist, 19, was befriended by Chaudhary and given a private tour of Jaipur by motorcycle. Instead of taking her to her hotel, she was taken to an isolated area 37 miles from the city, where a gang-rape was planned.

A fast-track application was submitted to the court by police, requesting a speedy trial. Chaudhary was charged within a week of his Feb. 13 arrest.

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