Trio get death in Kopardi rape, murder case

Kopardi rape and murder case: Ahmedabad court awarded death sentence to all three convicts

Kopardi rape and murder case: Ahmedabad court awarded death sentence to all three convicts

On 13 July 2016, the 15-year-old Maratha girl was raped and killed by Shinde and his accomplices-all three of whom are Dalits-in Kopardi village of Ahmednagar district.

Special Judge Keole slapped Shinde with three years jail for outraging the modesty of the victim, a life sentence for conspiracy and rape, and death for the murder. When the crime came to light late, it sparked off widespread condemnation and protests across the state with Maratha groups demanding capital punishment for the accused.

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.

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On October 7, the Ahmednagar Police had filed the charge sheet running into over 350 pages before the court in which the trio was charged under IPC sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The argument over the point of death sentence was concluded by defence lawyer and special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

Nikam said he was satisfied with the court's verdict.

The other two accused, Santosh Bhaval, 36, and Nitin Bhailume, 26, had been held guilty of molestation, criminal conspiracy and murder. CM, political parties hail verdict Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other political leaders hailed the verdict, with the CM saying the investigating agencies conducted a swift inquiry and arrested the accused immediately.

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When the sentence was read out on Wednesday, the three accused were speechless.

The death sentence is subject to confirmation by the Bombay high court.

Ahmednagar: A sessions court pronounced the quantum of sentence for the three convicts in the Kopardi rape and murder case on November 29.

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The three were also fined Rs 20,000 each or three months additional jail for failure to pay up, while Bhawal has been slapped another fine of Rs 18,000 for attempting to delay court proceedings for which his mobile and motorbike would be auctioned and the proceeds deposited in the court, the judge ruled. These sentences are to run concurrently with the substantive sentence.

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