Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy today met the family members of the dalit women murdered in Ernakulam district of Kerala. He announced that the state government would provide a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family. The family had also demanded a job for sister of the victim, to which CM Chandy said that the necessary action would be taken soon.
Several students and rights activists carried protest marches across the state and demanded for quick and strong action against the culprits. Many people are coming forward to extend financial help to the victim’s family and even the Ernakulam District Collector asked people to coordinate and provide all assistance to the family.
Meanwhile, the police has taken two persons into custody, as informed by Ernakulam Range IG Mahipal Yadav. Yadav also said that as per the preliminary inquiry, only one person was involved in the crime as the local people have told the police.
Chandy described the crime as ‘shocking’ after meeting the family of victim. He also told that the government would do take swift action against the guilty. A 29-year old women was brutally murdered inside her home after suspected rape. She was hit by a sharp object (weapon) and sustained 13 injuries including on her private parts, after which her intestine came out. The police is yet to get the postmortem and forensic reports, though a rape case has been registered by the police considering the injuries she had sustained.
The victim was alone in her house in Perumbavoor on Thursday (28 April) where she lived with her mother. When her mother reached the home in evening, she found her body in ill-condition. Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the district superintendent of police visited the spot on the same day and assured that the justice would be served soon.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) accused the state government and police of trying to cover up the crime and demanded that the investigation should be handed over to an enquiry committee headed by a high ranking woman police official. The party also demanded that the culprits should be arrested quickly and case to be heard in fast track court.