March to protest Kopardi rape-murder on Sep 24

Nashik : A silent march will be taken out by members of the Maratha community on September 24 here to protest the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kopardi in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district.

“The silent march ‘Maratha Kranti Morcha’ will be taken out from Tapovan in Panchavati locality and culminate at the Golf Grounds,” members of a committee organising the march told reporters yesterday. The committee comprises Shiv Sena MP Hemant Godse, BJP MLA Seema Hiray and Nashik District Congress Committee Chief Rajaram Pangavhane among others.

The 15-year-old girl was brutally raped on July 13 allegedly by three men who inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before throttling her at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar.

The incident had sparked public outrage across Maharashtra. During the march, demands like reservation for the Maratha community will also be raised, said the members.

The committee members will also submit a memorandum of demands to the Nashik District Collector, they added. I