A local court today awarded death sentence to 2 persons in the rape and murder
case of a 22-year-old BPO employee that rocked the city and sent shock waves in
the IT establishments here.
District and Sessions Court judge Anant Badar in his order, handed down capital
punishment to cab driver Purushottam Borate (30) and his friend Pradip Kokade,
who had picked up the victim from her residence on November 1, 2007 to drop her
to office in Hinjewadi IT park area.
The duo drove the call centre employee, headed for a night shift, to a secluded
spot where she was raped and murdered, according to the contention made by
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
The victim’s body was recovered by the police from a field along the
Pune-Mumbai expressway on November 2 and the accused were nabbed on November 3,
Upholding the prosecution case, the judge observed that the accused had
pre-planned the crime which they had committed to satisfy their lust and
therefore deserved death penalty.
The court held both the accused guilty under various sections of the Indian
Penal Code, including 302 (murder), 376 (2)(g) (gangrape), 364 (abduction) and
120 (b)(criminal conspiracy).
Mr. Nikam contended that the case had a big impact on the society as it
concerned the safety aspect of the women working in the IT sector.
The case led to a review of safety of transport system of BPO companies in the
city and an increased vigil on part of police who started monitoring the car
(source: The Hindu)