Life sentences for 2 Indians who raped German
1 June 2005, NEW DELHI - An Indian court on Wednesday sentenced two men to life imprisonment for raping a German tourist in the northwestern desert state of Rajasthan last month.
1 June 2005
NEW DELHI - An Indian court on Wednesday sentenced two men to life imprisonment for raping a German tourist in the northwestern desert state of Rajasthan last month.
According to India law, however, a life term amounts to only 14 years in prison. The judge also fined both men INR 5,000 (EUR 93) each.
The 47-year-old woman was raped by an auto-rickshaw driver and his friend in the tourist town of Jodhpur on 11 May. Rajasthan is a popular destination for tourists because of its magnificent palaces and camel safaris.
Wednesday's judgement came surprisingly fast, as such cases usually drag on for years. The judge said Rajasthan survived on tourism, and foreign tourists especially needed protection from any harm, New Delhi Television reported.
The woman arrived in Jodhpur on the evening of 11 May from Rajasthan's capital Jaipur. She hired an auto-rickshaw at night to take her to her guest house.
The driver and his friend drove her instead to a secluded area near a dry riverbed in the suburbs and raped her, police said.
Hearing her cries for help, residents of a nearby village rushed to her rescue. Her assailants escaped but the villagers informed the police, who took the woman to hospital for a medical examination.
The tourist gave police a clear description of the rapists and the villagers provided the auto-rickshaw number. She later identified the accused in court.
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