September 17, 2012 http://www.indlawnews.com
The Bombay High Court today confirmed the death penalty awarded to two persons accused of rape and murder of a 22-year-old BPO employee in Pune city on November 1, 2007.
A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode, while upholding the trial court’s order, which had awarded the death sentence to Purushottam Borate and Pradeep Kokade for kidnapping, raping and murdering the victim, an employee with Wipro BPO, in its order observed that it has had a deep impact on the society and women travelling alone.
‘We are confirming the death sentence awarded to the duo by the sessions court. The manner in which the offence was committed and the deep impact it has had on the society have been considered by us. Any woman will now think twice before taking a cab alone,’ Justice Kanade said.
After the bench pronounced its verdict, the two accused broke down in the court room.
According to the prosecution, the victim had boarded the regular cab contracted to ply employees by the company to report for night shift. Cab driver Borate, who was accompanied by his friend Kokade, however, changed the route and took the victim to a remote place where she was raped by the duo and later murdered. UNI