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Indian jailed for life for raping Spanish student

Published on Dec 27, 2013 8:42 PM

MUMBAI (AFP) - A rapist who attacked a young Spanish woman at knifepoint after breaking into her apartment in Mumbai was jailed for life in India on Friday.

Mohammed Badshah Ansari was handed the sentence after a trial heard how the 28-year-old broke into the flat through a window in November last year and then raped the victim twice while threatening her with a knife.

The victim - who had travelled to India to learn classical music - left for Germany after the attack but testified about her ordeal via video link. She cannot be named for legal reasons.

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

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