The court had earlier on March 21 pronounced life imprisonment for all four convicts in the telephone operator gang-rape case.

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

The court had adjourned the photojournalist gang-rape case till March 24 to decide on the application after which it will proceed with the pronouncing of quantum of punishment.

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.

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.


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