Three unaccompanied minor asylum seekers from Afghanistan were sentenced to five and six years in prison for a very brutal gang rape of a random victim, who they followed and raped in a public toilet. Die Presse writes that police have no control over that area in Vienna where the rape occurred, and that this has sparked a heated debate in Austria.
The three asylum seekers came through the Balkan route in 2015. This, said Judge Norbert Gerstberger, could be considered a mitigating circumstance. But they were still convicted near the maximum penalty for rape. It was the youngest of the three Afghans who was behind the plan to rape the woman. They used tools to break into the toilet where they committed the atrocities. The youngest rapist was 16 years old. In addition, he already has another case going, involving a female prison officer.
It is uncertain whether any of the three will be deported after serving their punishment.
The three claimed that they did not know that rape was prohibited, because "women have a different place in their homeland."
The 21-year-old woman was a Turkish exchange student. She tried to defend herself, but she had her head banged repeatedly against the toilet and tried strangled. She was then raped several times by all three.
The Turkish woman was no longer able to continue her studies, as she was not able to be close to other people. In addition she has sleeping problems and feels like an empty shell. Her life is ruined, she says. She has gone back to Turkey, but because of the shame that her own community would put on her, she can not talk to anyone about what has happened.
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