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Brutal Rape And Murder Of Dalit Law Student Creates Outrage In Kerala

By Countercurrents.org

03 May, 2016

Photo: A Facebook Campaign poster. The caption reads "There is not much distance from Perumbavoor to our homes."

A 29 year old dalit law student was raped and brutally killed at her home in Kerala. More than 30 injuries were found on her body. According to the post-mortem report the woman was beaten savagely using a sharp weapon that pulled out her intestines. Two sides of her chest were pierced to almost two inches deep using a sharp knife. She was also struck in the genitals with an iron rod. A severe injury on her head is cited as the main reason of her death. The police inquest report says that the girl's nose was severed due to receiving a blow from a hammer- like object. When the victim's body was found, only her Churidar top was remaining on her body. The woman was found dead by her mother Rajeswari at their house in Rayamangalam panchayat, near Perumbavoor on Thursday, 28th April night after she returned from her daily work around 8.30 PM.

The investigators are clueless even almost one week after the brutal incident, which is being called as the Nirbhaya case of Kerala, as the victim's private parts were injured and her entrails were forced out of her body due to heavy application of blunt force. It is suspected that it is to destroy the evidence of rape.

Ernakulam rural SP Yathish Chandra GH however told Times of India that the police are yet to confirm whether the woman was raped. "It is a case of violent murder. Though the post-mortem report suggests chances of sexual assault or rape, we are waiting for a few laboratory results to confirm the same. We have ruled out chances of theft as the woman hailed from a very poor family. Various police teams constituted for the probe are fully engaged", said Yathish Chandra.

The woman's murder has become a political campaign issue in poll bound Kerala, which goes to poll on 16th of this month. A hashtag with girl's name is being used by CPI(M) led People News channel. However, the Congress led government and pro-UDF (the ruling coalition) media are playing down the incident.

The brutality of the murder has shocked Kerala and a lot of people on social media are using hashtags #JusticeFor... (girl's name), #JusticeForKeralaNirbhaya. It's only after intense social media campaign that the government has started to react.




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