The brutal gangrape and murder of a minor girl in Ahmednagar district rocked both the houses of Maharashtra Legislature as its Monsoon session got underway on Monday with the Congerss-NCP opposition targeting the Devendra Fadnavis Government on a host of other issues as well.
A 15-year-old girl was brutally raped last week allegedly by three men who inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before throttling her at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district.
The incident has sparked outrage as well as political slugfest, with the Congress demanding Fadnavis’ resignation on “moral grounds”.
Making a statement after ruckus by the Opposition in the Assembly, the Chief Minister said the accused in the heinous crime have been arrested and the case will be heard in a fast-track court.
Noted lawyer Ujjawal Nikam has been appointed as the public prosecutor in the case and the government has given Rs five lakh solatium to the victim’s family, Fadnavis said.
DNA samples of the victim and the accused have been sent for forensic tests, he said.
The issue also figured in the Legislative Council, where, backing an adjournment motion by Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde (NCP), senior Congress member Narayan Rane hit out at the government saying that state Home department is in shambles.
The Upper House agreed to a short-duration debate on the issue on Tuesday after the matter led to a 10-minute adjournment of the proceedings.
Taking a dig at Fadnavis who performed puja at Lord Vitthal temple in Pandharpur on the occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi last week, Rane said, “It seems as though the chief minister has entrusted the task of maintaining law and order to the Lord almighty.”
“Women are not feeling safe and the chief minister is only making statements,” he said.
He said that giving solatium and the appointment of Nikam as public prosecutor in the case will not bring back the girl to her parents.
Moving the adjournment motion, Munde said the Kopardi incident is scarier than the Delhi gangrape case.
“The anger among the people is palpable. The government is not serious, Chief Minister and Guardian Minister have no time to visit Kopardi,” he said, adding that the CM shows haste in defending his Guardian Minister.
“Girls are scared of going to school. Attempts are being made to suppress the case as the statements were recorded late,” he alleged.