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Protests see Kopardi rape victim’s statue pulled down

DNMUM392597 | 7/17/2017 | Author : Sudhir Suryawanshi | WC :463 | Mumbai

Mumbai: A week after a statue of the Kopardi rape and murder victim was erected in Ahmednagar district, it was pulled down by the local administration and the 15-year-old girl’s family members following objections raised by the locals and members of the Maratha community to which the girl belonged.
The Maratha community members were of the opinion that spiritual guru Bhaiyu Maharaj and the victim’s family did not consult them or the locals before constructing the statue. In fact, they questioned the necessity of such a memorial since it was a sensitive issue rather than something to be eulogised.
Members of Sambhaji Brigade, a community organisation, came out on the streets and burned the effigy of Bhaiyu Maharaj acr
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