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Farmer gets life term for raping, killing 17-year-old

He offered the girl a poison-laced drink

A farmer from Thane has been sentenced to life by a court for raping and killing a 17-year-old girl in 2014.

District Judge H.M. Patwardhan on Monday pronounced Shankar Bhogade guilty under Sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the Indian Penal Code, and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The judge also imposed a fine of ₹5,500.

Additional Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Moholkar said the farmer from Jawhar taluk was married but was in a relationship with the girl.

Ms. Moholkar said he raped the victim repeatedly and she became pregnant. He asked the victim to consume a pill to terminate the pregnancy. However, the girl wanted to continue her education by living in the accused’s house along with his wife, but he opposed it.

On July 20, 2014, the accused offered the girl a poison-laced drink, but told her that he had mixed an abortion pill in it. After consuming the drink, the girl fell drowsy. The accused then strangled her to death and hung the body from a window grille to make it appear as a case of suicide, the prosecution told the court.

The accused forged a suicide note, blaming another man for her ordeal and forcing her to end her life. A handwriting expert proved in court that the suicide note was forged and the accused had written it.

The judge said the prosecution proved all charges beyond reasonable doubt against the accused who “needs to be punished”.

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