The brutal gang-rape and murder of a minor girl in Karjat taluka in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, which is being compared to the 2012 Delhi gang-rape, rocked the first day of the state’s monsoon session on Monday, with an aggressive Opposition forcing the government to close the day’s proceedings.
While the government transacted the day’s business swiftly, both the Houses were adjourned within a couple of hours.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in his statement to the legislative Assembly said his government was committed to punishing the guilty and would move the case to a fast-track court.
“The state has appointed advocate Ujwal Nikam as the special prosecutor in the case. The three accused in this case have been arrested and their DNA samples have been sent to the forensic lab in Kalina. The police have been asked to prepare a stringent case by applying the most-tough sections of law against the accused. The family has been given Rs 3 lakh as immediate assistance from the state’s Manodhariya scheme and Rs 5 lakh will be given from the Chief Minister Relief Fund,’’ said Fadnavis.
The accused have been arrested for murder under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code and under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Posco).
The Leaders of Opposition in the Assembly and the Council had moved adjournment motion on the issue demanding a detailed discussion on the rape and “lawless situation in the state”. The motion was denied but not before the Opposition took the government to task.
NCP leader Ajit Pawar raised the issue in the Assembly asking the chief minister to punish the guilty thinking of the girl as “your and our daughter”.
Leader of Opposition in the Council Dhananjay Munde took potshots at the recent Twitter spat between Fadnavis and rural development minister Pankaja Munde.
“If a minister tweets about his inability to attend an event, CM promptly replies in 10 minutes directing the minister to attend the event. But here, in this case, even after three days of the horrific incident neither the CM nor the guardian minister uttered a word, forget meeting and consoling the family,” he said.
“It is the responsibility of the government to protect our mothers and sisters and you have failed in it,” said Congress MLC Narayan Rane.
The political bickering over the murder started belatedly after reports of the heinous gang-rape, torture and murder of a 14-year-old girl, a class 9 student in Ahmednagar, surfaced on July 14.
Fadnavis in his statement, quoting from the police report, said the victim was accosted by the accused on her way home, raped, inhumanly tortured and then strangulated to death. The gory murder led to unrest and tension in the area with residents and activists of Kopardi village holding protests on Saturday, demanding stringent action against the accused.