Saying that scientific evidence plays an important role in establishing guilt, a Delhi court Saturday sentenced five accused to life term for raping a minor in 2011.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Kamini Lau awarded life sentence to five accused after observing that medical and forensic evidence substantially and conclusively established the fact of rape being committed upon the 17-year-old victim in north Delhi.
ASJ Lau awarded sentence to Mukesh, Prabhans Yadav, Deepak, Ravinder Kumar and Rajeev and said: “Scientific evidence in the form of forensic reports play very important and key role, not only in punishment of accused but also in release of innocent kept in judicial custody for long time.”
The court added that a large number of exhibits relating to the rape were being referred to forensic laboratory for blood/semen examination.
“Here, I may observe that DNA profiling/matching technology has emerged over the last two decades which is a fool-proof technique as no two persons in this world can share the same DNA profile,” added the court.
The court directed the investigating agencies to ensure DNA profiling for effective dispensation of justice in cases of sexual assault, particularly in gang rape cases where the identity of the accused is not known.
The victim was abducted from her uncle’s jhuggi at Jahangirpuri March 19, 2011. She was taken to the house of one accused and raped there for three days. The victim identified all the accused during the trial.