Friday, December 27, 2013

India: Career Criminal, 28, Sentenced to Life in Prison for Burglary, Rape in Mumbai

According to, Mohammed Badshah Ansari, 28, who broke into a Spanish woman's apartment in Mumbai in November 2012 and raped her twice after threatening her with a knife, has fortunately received a life sentence in prison for his actions.

The victim, who had traveled to India to learn classical music, left for Germany after the attack, but testified about her terrifying ordeal via video link.  

"The court has to keep in mind the interest of the society at large; the case does not have any ground for leniency,'' Judge Shalini Phansalkar Joshi said as he announced the sentence. 

COMMENT: Ansari, who has an extensive criminal record, was found guilty earlier this month of rape, robbery, criminal intimidation and trespass after his trial in the Mumbai sessions court.

Another judge last week sentenced three Nepalese rapists to 20 years each in prison for the gang-rape of a US tourist in June 2013 in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

Six men were sentenced to life in prison in July for the gang-rape and robbery of a 39-year-old Swiss woman cyclist holidaying with her husband in the central state of Madhya Pradesh four months earlier.

Understandably, after a series of rapes and gang-rapes on solo foreign women over the last year, travel to India by single women has declined by 35%. 

Sadly, the Indian government has responded to the historic rape crisis with only long-term prison sentences, rather than a number of solutions, including educational efforts to modify the treatment of women by Indian boys and men.