Hang the rapists: Anna Hazare

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Hazare has demanded death penalty for the accused responsible for the shocking rape incident in Ahmednagar.

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Veteran social activist Anna Hazare condemned the rape and murder of 14 year old minor girl in Kopardi village of Ahmednagar district. Hazare has demanded death penalty for the accused responsible for the rape. In a statement, Hazare condemned the incident which he described as “extremely shocking and a dark blot on humanity”. He has urged the state government to take stringent action against culprits.

“Often people oppose death penalty for rapists due to humanitarian reasons. However, if injustice is meted against the rape victim then rapists must not be allowed to roam scot free. The judicial probe must be conducted and death penalty should be awarded to the accused which will deter people from committing such type of crimes in future,” said Anna Hazare.

“The case should be tried in a fast track court and the guilty be hanged. Often questions have been raised about women’s safety and rising crimes against them. Such incidents must not be politicised and instead steps must to taken to enhance safety of women,” he added.

He expressed concerns over the growing insecurity women encounter in our society and urged the police and the government to remain ever vigilant and prevent such recurrences.

Welcoming the proposed appointment of Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam to fight the case in a fast track court, Hazare said the government must make all-out efforts and ensure the culprits are punished at the earliest.

On 13 July in Kopardi, the family of a 14-year-old schoolgirl found her badly mutilated, blood-splattered body under a tree in a field sending shockwaves across the state.

She was brutally gang raped by at least three persons——her teeth and arms were broken, flesh from all over her body was ripped off, her hair were pulled out, and she was strangulated to death.

The incident sparked off a major political controversy in Maharashtra with the opposition, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government in the monsoon session of the assembly that started on Monday.

Hundreds of villagers staged a ‘rasta-roko’ agitation and demanded justice for the victim and stringent action against the culprits of the heinous crime.

Ahmednagar Superintendent of Police Saurabh Tripathi said three persons were arrested and police teams were trying to track down others who may be involved.

They were identified as Jitendra, Nitin G Bhailume and Santosh G Bhaval, Tripathi said. The police were searching for at least two other accomplices. The trio was produced before a local court and remanded in police custody for seven days each.