AHMEDNAGAR: All 3 convicts in the Kopardi rape and homicide case, which shook Maharashtra in July ultimate yr and brought about an agitation through contributors of the Maratha neighborhood, got the death sentence through a fast-track courtroom right here on Wednesday. The brutal rape and homicide of a 15-year-old in Kopardi, about 150 km from Pune, on July 13 ultimate yr had resulted in pressure between the Maratha and dalit communities.
The lady was once a Maratha whilst the convicts are dalits. It additionally spurred the Maratha neighborhood to release ‘mook morchas’ (silent marches) hard stringent motion in opposition to the accused but even so in search of an modification to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act to curb its misuse.
The incident additionally brought about the reservation call for for the Maratha neighborhood. This is the second one example in 3 weeks the place particular pass judgement on Suvarna Keole has pronounced capital punishment. On November 10, the pass judgement on had sentenced 3 convicts to death for the group rape and homicide of a minor in Loni Mavala in the district in August 2014.
The death sentences are matter to affirmation through the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay top courtroom, the pass judgement on mentioned. The convicts had been additionally sentenced to lifestyles imprisonment for rape and legal conspiracy in addition to 3 years’ rigorous imprisonment below Section 354-A (sexual harassment). These sentences are to run similtaneously with the substantive sentence.
Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam advised TOI, “This is the first conviction in the state wherein a court has awarded death sentence to the conspirators as well.”