<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sessions court in Ahmednagar will pronounce the quantum of sentence for the three convicts in the Kopardi rape and murder case on November 29.The three accused are – Jitendra Babulal Shinde, Santosh Gorakh Bhawal and Nitin Gopinath Bhailum.The 15-year-old victim was raped on July 13 at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district, allegedly by the trio, who also inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before throttling herBhawal’s lawyer Balasaheb Khopade pleaded that Bhawal may not be given the capital punishment.However, special public prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikam argued that this was a ‘rarest of the rare case’ and hence the tree convicts should be awarded the death sentence.On October 7, Ahmednagar police filed the charge sheet running into over 350 pages before a sessions court in the district in which the trio were charged under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The Kopardi incident proved to be the trigger for the silent marches (mook morchas) taken out by the Marathas across the state as the victim belonged to the community. Through their campaign, they have also raised long-pending demands like quota in education and jobs.

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Kopardi rape and murder case: Quantum of sentence to be pronounced on Nov 29