Protest erupts in Kerala over rape and murder of law student, police lathicharge activists

Activists from the Left Democratic Youth Federation were lathicharged by the police on Wednesday while protesting against the brutal rape and murder of a law student in Ernakulam. According to TV reports, the protesters claimed that there had been unnecessary delay by the authorities in the case.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government has declared a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the family, reported ANI.

The murder also echoed in the parliament on Wednesday, with BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi raising this issue in the Lok Sabha.

Parliamentary Affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu, while appealing to not make this issue political, said that he will convey to the Home Ministry to take a report on this case from the Kerala government.

Representational image. GettyImages

Representational image. GettyImages

The victim, a 30-year old law student, lived in a one-room house in Perumbavoor , Kerala, on the roadside with her mother after her father left the family years before.

The murder, that the police assumes happened at around 5 pm on 28 April, was first discovered by the victim’s mother, who came home at around 8.30 pm.

The victim was found in a pool of blood — raped, her body had received around 20 cuts and her private parts had been slashed open with a large weapon, exposing her intestines and other abdominal organs. The murderers also smothered and strangled her using a piece of her own clothing till her last breath. There were marks on the back of her head from blows she had suffered, and deep cuts on her chin, chest and neck.

With several members in Rajya Sabha demanding "exemplary punishment" for the culprits in the rape and murder case, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said on Wednesday he will visit the village of the rape victim on Thursday.

During the Zero Hour, CP Narayanan of CPI(M) raised the issue of the rape and murder, terming it as a "dastardly attack" similar to that of the 2012 gangrape in Delhi.

He drew the House's attention that similar rape incidents occured in Kasargod last week and in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, adding "it is a black mark. Police is not very active in apprehending the culprits."

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said, "It is a very, very heinous crime. Most shameful for every Keralite."

Several members associated themselves with the issue and demanded strict action against the culprits, with Tarun Vijay of BJP demandiing that a team should visit the state.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: May 04, 2016 13:42 PM

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