Kopardi rape case: Maha Oppn demands discussion; Hazare seeks death penalty for accused

Mumbai: The gangrape and murder of a 15-year-old girl at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district figured in the Maharashtra Assembly for the second day today as the opposition members wore black badges to condemn the crime.

The girl was brutally raped and killed by three men at Kopardi in Ahmednagar last week.

As soon as the second day's proceedings of the monsoon session began today, the opposition Congress and NCP legislators, wearing black badges, sought a discussion on the rape, setting aside all other business of the House.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also said a debate should be held immediately, ignoring "technical issues".

Former speaker Dilip Walse Patil claimed that the incident has instilled so much fear that girls have stopped attending school.

Social activist Anna Hazare sought death penalty for those accused of brutally raping and

killing a 15-year-old girl at a village in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district.

"The case should be tried in a fast track court and the guilty be hanged," Hazare said in a statement issued here.

The girl was raped last week allegedly by three men who inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before strangulating her at Kopardi village.

The incident sparked outrage as well as political slugfest, with the Congress demanding Fadnavis' resignation on "moral grounds".