Three convicts get death penalty in Kopardi rape and murder case

Nov 30, 2017, 12:43
Three convicts get death penalty in Kopardi rape and murder case

Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), Nov 29 (ANI): Three accused in the brutal Kopardi rape and murder case were awarded death sentence by special judge Suvarna Keole in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar on Wednesday.

On 18 November, the court had convicted Shinde for conspiracy to rape and kill the 15-year-old girl and two others for being part of the conspiracy and instigating Shinde.

The gruesome crime had triggered protests past year by members of the Maratha community, who staged silent marches across the state demanding justice for the victim.

The victim, a Class IX student, was found murdered after being raped July 13, 2016 at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district. The accused had inflicted injuries all over her body and broken her limbs before throttling her, police said. On October 7, the Ahmednagar police had filed the charge sheet running into over 350 pages before the court.

The victim's mother, who was present in the court, thanked the government, police, judiciary and the Maratha community for bringing justice to her daughter.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had declared that the case would be tried in a fast-track court and the state would be represented by special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. The girl was a Maratha while the convicts are dalits. Breaking down after hearing the sentence, she said, "I am satisfied with the verdict". While arguing over the quantum of punishment, the prosecution had sought the death sentence for all three convicts, saying that the case falls within the "rarest of rare" definition.

The prosecutor said that the three convicts were also given life imprisonment for charges pertaining to rape and criminal conspiracy and they were also fined Rs 20,000 each.

When the sentence was read out on Wednesday, the three accused were speechless. The death sentences are subject to confirmation by the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court, the judge said. Hailing the judgment, Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said cases involving crime against women should be handled in a sensitive manner so that victims and their families do not undergo mental harassment.

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