A group of women activists tried to attack the two Kopardi murder and rape suspects on the court premises on Monday. The duo was prompty taken away by the police.
A group of women marched towards Santosh Bhawal and Nitin Bhailume, the two suspects in the case, when they were being taken to police vehicle after the bail hearing. The woman screamed slogans such as “Jai Bhavani Jai Shivaji”, and rushed towards the suspects unexpectedly.
A similar incident took place when the suspects were produced before the court after their arrest. A mob had thrown tomatoes and onions at the two and shouted aggressive slogans on the court premises. Police had deployed heavy security anticipating trouble. The Ahmednagar court extended the police custody till July 30.
MNS leader Raj Thackeray met the girl’s family this morning. He spent a few minutes with the family members and Kopardi residents. Later, he spoke to the media and called for punishment on the lines of the Shariya to stop the increase in rape cases.
“Nobody fears the law. The number of rape cases will fall if laws such as those under the Shariya are introduced. The accused should have their hands and legs severed,” he said. Thackeray also asked for a review of the Atrocities (Prevention of atrocities against scheduled caste and scheduled tribes) Act.
“If the Act is being misused by the people, it has to be reviewed”, he said. MNS leader said he would personally talk to the chief minister on the issue.
Raj Thackeray calls for abolition of Atrocities Act
MNS president Raj Thackeray said he supports the Maratha community’s demand to abolish the Atrocities Act, making him the first political leader to do so.
Thackeray’s stand is significant as the dominant Maratha community has been pressing for a review of the act after the Kopardi case, in which a minor girl was raped and murdered on July 13. The victim belonged to the Maratha community, while the suspects are Dalits.
Thackeray visited the victim’s family on Monday.
“Complaints against the misuse of the Atrocities Act have been increasing. The time has come to abolish it”, he told news channels in the evening.
Thackeray also took a dig at chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, saying that Fadnavis should not shoulder the responsibility of a particular portfolio, but should supervise the overall functioning of the government.
“No one fears the police. Incidents such as rape are increasing,” he said. He suggested stringent action on the lines of Shariya law to stop rape. “The hands and legs of the accused should be chopped off on the spot,” he said.