Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy announced on Wednesday that the state government has decided to give Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the family of the Dalit law student who was brutally raped and murdered in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam District of Kerala.
Earlier, asserting that ‘swift’ action would be taken against the perpetrators of the brutal rape Chandy, who met the family members of the victim on Wednesday, said his government would do the ‘necessary’ towards the demands of the victim’s family, who have asked for a job for the victim’s sister.
“This incident is a shame to the state. We’ve decided to give all assistance to family. Her Family wants to get a job for the sister of the deceased girl, will do the necessary,” Chandy told ANI.
“Will take strong legal action against the culprits in the brutal murder. Offenders will not be spared. The guilty will be brought to justice swiftly,” he added.
With protest marches by students and rights activists being held across Kerala condemning the ghastly incident, Chandy on Tuesday described the crime as “shocking”.
The two persons taken into custody were questioned by a police team headed by Ernakulam Range IG Mahipal Yadav.
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday accused the Congress-led UDF government and the state police of initially trying to cover up the crime adding that an enquiry committee must be set up to probe the case.
“Instead of acting firmly while dealing with such cases, it is shameful that the state police and the Congress-led UDF government initially tried to cover up this heinous crime. Such behaviour on the part of the police and the administration is reprehensible and cannot be tolerated by any civilized society. It was thanks to a vigilant media and the massive public outcry that followed that forced the police to finally act,” the party said in a statement.
The 29-year-old woman was murdered after being brutally raped inside her home, near an isolated stretch, at Vattolippidi Canal Bund near Perumbavoor in District Ernakulam.
Her body had at least 30 injuries, including on her private area. Reportedly, her small intestine had spilled out.