DNA, medical report from Denmark nails convicts

Danish-Tourist-Gangrape-Cul Three of the five convicts in the gang rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist in 2014, are escorted by the police for a hearing at a city court, in New Delhi | AP

DNA and other forensic reports, including the report on detailed medical examination of the 52-year-old Danish gangrape victim conducted at Copenhagen at the request of Indian government, on Friday sealed the fate of five accused in the sensational gangrape case of 2014.

The court, which awarded them life imprisonment till their death, relied on these reports and observed that the involvement of the accused was "proved beyond reasonable doubt through the scientific evidence i.e. the DNA report".

It noted that matching of the DNA profile clearly connected these accused with the commission of crime and there was no possibility of any manipulation in medical examination and DNA report prepared in a foreign country.

"Furthermore, it is very important to mention that as per request from Indian government, the victim lady was subjected to detail medical examination at Copenhagen and PW 25, expert from FSL (Rohini), has clearly stated that similarity has been observed in the report prepared at Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Copenhagen and the report prepared by him," Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar said.

"Judicial notice can be taken that there is no possibility of any manipulation in medical examination and DNA report prepared at foreign country i.e. Copenhagen and no suggestion has been given by the defence in this regard also," the court said.

It said medical examintaion of the victim conducted in Copenhagen also corroborated with the forensic science laboratory (FSL) report here.

"The DNA profile was generated from clothings of the victim which was seized from the spot in the night of incident itself and those DNA profile matched with the DNA profile generated from the samples of accused persons. Thus, it is clear that accused persons are the offenders who committed the offence," the court said in its 69-page judgement.

It observed that the "most vital evidence" to connect all these accused with the commission of crime was the DNA report.

"The DNA is a individual characteristic of each individual and is most important thing for identity of an individual," it said adding the DNA profile generated from the clothes of the victim had matched with the DNA profile generated from the sample of the accused persons.

The court also referred to the testimony of an FSL expert who had deposed as a prosecution witness in the case and said that he had "found similarities" between DNA report prepared by him and the DNA report prepared in Denmark.

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