Maharashtra minor gangrape: Ujjwal Nikam to fight minor victim’s case


MUMBAI: A 14-year-old girl studying in Class IX was gangraped and tortured to death at Kopardi village in Karjat taluka of Ahmednagar district on July 13. Police said three men involved in the crime have been arrested. The case was unnoticed but for the monsoon session of the state legislature that begins on Monday.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced advocate Ujjwal Nikam as the special public prosecutor in the case after demonstrations seeking his appointment. On Sunday at a press conference, the Opposition used the incident to attack chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who, they said, as home minister failed to take cognizance of the incident. 

Police said the incident took place around 6.45 pm on July 13 when the girl was returning home from her grandfather’s house, around 500 metres away. The post mortem confirmed that she had been raped. It also revealed marks of torture. 

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Neither Fadnavis nor the minister of state for home or even the guardian minister has visited the victim's family though it is three days since the incident." The Opposition said the state must have a separate minister for the home department. 

State Director General of Police Pravin Dixit in a press release on Sunday said three accused have been arrested. These include Jeetendra Shinde, Santosh Bhawal and Nitin Bhailume. The opposition has alleged that the accused Bhawal is close to BJP leaders and there may be attempts to protect him. Bhawal's Facebook profile picture is with cabinet minister Ram Shinde who is the district guardian minister. Opposition leader in the council Dhananjay Munde demanded that the case be tried by a fast-track court and the accused be hanged. The issue will be raised in the House on Monday.

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