India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes
Double gang-rape convict Mohammed Salim Ansari is brought to a police van as he is taken to court in Mumbai on April 4, 2014 - by Indranil Mukherjee
The sentences were announced at a court in Mumbai for the two attacks in July and August last year at the same abandoned mill compound in the city, including an attack on a photographer that made global headlines.
Mohammed Salim Ansari, 28, Vijay Mohan Jadhav, 19, and Mohammed Kasim Hafeez Shaikh, 21 were convicted last month after a fast-track trial.
They were subsequently handed life sentences for one of those assaults, the gang-rape of an 18-year-old phone operator.
But they were also convicted this week under a new section of the law for being repeat rape offenders, which carries the death penalty.
"There needs to be zero tolerance for such incidents," Judge Shalini Phansalkar Joshi said as she announced the sentences.
"A loud and clear message needs to be sent to society."
Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam confirmed to AFP that this was the first such conviction under the modified law.
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