The arguments on sentencing will be done on Tuesday, public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told mediapersons outside the court.

Mohammed Salim Ansari, Vijay Mohan Jadhav and Mohammad Qasim Hafiz Shaikh alias Kasim Bengali are the common convicts in both the cases.

The photographer, who was working as a trainee with an English magazine, was on an assignment at the mill with a male colleague. A gang of five men including a minor took turns to assault her.

Following the sentencing in the telephone operator case, the prosecution had made an application before principal sessions judge Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi and asked for Section 376 (E) to be applied which deals with repeat offenders in rape cases.

The judge had found the rapists guilty of offences that included showing pornography to her and forcing her to perform similar acts, stripping her and destroying evidence.

According to sources, the police had described the photographer's attackers as unemployed school drop-outs while the neighbours said they were a gang of youths known for petty theft and drinking in the area.

JPN

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