Kopardi Rape Verdict: Death for three rapists

30 Novembre, 2017, 12:42 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Kopardi rape and murder case Death sentence for all 3 convicts

Three men convicted of rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in the western Indian state of Maharashtra last year have been given the death sentence by a special court on Wednesday (29 November). The order put an end to the 15-month long silent vigil by the Maratha community, whose members were present in large numbers both inside and outside the court. The three were convicted of rape, murder and criminal conspiracy November 18.

It also left strong political ripples, with the Opposition Congress and the NCP demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on moral grounds.

Jitendra Shinde (25), Santosh Bhaval (36) and Nitin Bhailume (26)-all from the Dalit community - were accused of brutally raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl belonging to the Maratha community on July 13 last year.

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When police recovered the body of the victim, it showed signs of brutal assault with her limbs broken, hair pulled out, and bite marks all over her body.

The incident had triggered widespread protests from the Maratha community, who took out marches across the state over it. Nikam had earlier told the court that four to five days before the incident, the accused had stopped the girl and tried to molest her. "When they failed in their attempts to rape her, they hatched a plan for later, which amounts to conspiracy", he said. "Two days before the incident, the victim was molested by the accused". Protestors across the state demanding punishment for all three convicts. The convicts were also awarded three years' rigorous imprisonment under the charges of molestation.

► Life imprisonment and Rs 20,000 fine for sections 120B and 376 (i)(m) of IPC. "It is the government's responsibility to ensure that higher courts uphold the death punishment of the accused", he said, adding that the government should fast track other cases of atrocities against women. Bhawal and Bhailume were awarded three years for conspiracy in outraging of modesty, life sentence for conspiracy of rape and death sentence for conspiracy to murder. All these sentences will run concurrently, said Nikam.

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