A lower court in Jaipur today (4th Sept, 2015) awarded 20 years imprisonment to three people accused of raping a Japanese tourist in February this year.
The Japanese tourist, 20, was allegedly raped by one Ajit Singh Choudhary, 25, on February 9 this year. Ajit had befriended the tourist and introduced himself as a guide first. He has then taken her to an isolated spot about 70 km on the outskirts of Jaipur and had committed the crime along with eight others.
The court found them guilty of gangrape and sentenced three of them to rigourous imprisonment of 20 years.
The main accused Ajit Singh and his two accomplices Abdul Wahid, Abrar were found guilty of gangrape and have been sentenced to 20 years in prison under Article 376 (D) IPC.
A fast track court, ADJ no.4 headed by judge Girijesh Kumar Ojha awarded the sentence to Ajit’s two accomplices under the revised law of Article 376, which was done after the Nirbhaya rape case of Delhi in 2012.
While Ajit is the main accused in this case, his accomplices Abdul and Abrar, has been charged in accordance with revised law of Article 376 (D) IPC.
The revised law of Article 376 (D) says after the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case, sentences those present during a rape, same as the person who commits a rape.
His other three accomplices Ranveer, Shivraj and Ramraj, have been sentenced to two years imprisonment under Section 212 of IPC. Another three accomplices of Ajit, have been acquitted by the court.
The Japanese tourist was sightseeing in Jaipur near the Jal Mahal, a scenic fort in the middle of a water body, here on February 9 this year, when Ajit approached her. Fluent in English, he offered to show her more spots, after which the woman agreed to accompany him on his bike. The police said the Japanese tourist could not speak any English.
They first visited Galtaji, a site around 10 km from Jaipur and is home to several ancient temples and ponds.
From there, he took her to Mozamabad, a small hamlet, 70 km from Jaipur on his bike where he is said to have drugged and raped her. Ajit and his friends fled after the assault.
When she regained consciousness, the woman approached the nearby Dudu police station. Some locals helped her lodge a complaint in which she also said that her iPhone and at least Rs 4,000 were missing.
Rajasthan has become notorious for having witnessed several cases of tourist rapes earlier too.
In 2005, a German,47, was kidnapped and raped by two auto-rickshaw drivers in Jodhpur. The accused were tried within a month and given a life term.
In 2006, a Japanese lady was raped by a guesthouse owner in Pushkar, where she had put up. He was given seven years.
Agains in 2006, the state was rocked by the Bitti Mohanty case. Mohanty, the son of a top Odisha police officer raped a German research scholar. He was sentenced to seven years within a month by a fast-track court.
Bitti later jumped parole and was arrested several years later in 2013 from Kerala where he was working in disguise as a technician at a bank.
Following a rise in such cases in India, several foreign countries like UK, US, Australia, Switzerland and others had issued travel advisories asking their citizens to be careful, especially women travelling alone.