A sketch of the suspect in the brutal rape and murder of 30-year-old-Dalit woman in Kerala was released by police on Wednesday, even as a postmortem revealed 38 big and small wounds on her body.
No arrests have been made so far in connection with the murder of the woman, a law student, in her small wayside house in Perumbavoor on April 28, though three persons have been picked up for questioning.
The shocking incident also had its echo in Rajya Sabha with members demanding ‘exemplary punishment’ for the culprits while the state government assured stern action.
On the investigation side, Police released a sketch of a suspect while the post-mortem conducted at Alapuzha Medical College Hospital confirmed that she was subjected to brutal torture and rape.
With the incident snowballing into an embarrassment for the state which is in the midst of campaigning for the Assembly elections on May 16, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Opposition leader V S Achutanandan visited the mother of the victim at Perumbavoor Taluk Hospital.
While Chandy dismissed reports that the case had weakened following the delay in arresting the culprits, he said the government would spare no efforts in bringing the culprits to book.
The government also announced a solatium of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the woman, who was found brutally murdered at her house in Perumbavoor. A government job will also be provided to the sister of the woman, an official press release said.
CPI(M) veteran V S Achutanandan attacked the government and demanded that a new probe team be constituted. BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan criticised the government over the delay in the arrest of the accused.
Kerala State Commission for SC/ST has taken up the matter while the state Human Rights Commission has said the crime branch should investigate the case.
In the Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien described the incident as “most shameful for every Keralite” while the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it had “crossed all limits and was inhuman”.
Social Justice Minister, Thawar Chand Gehlot, said he will be visiting Perumbavoor tomorrow to meet the victim’s mother and younger sister and “help them in getting justice”.
National Women’s Commission member, Rekha sharma, who visited the victim’s mother today, said “a 30-year-old woman if she is not secure in her own house, where is she secure?
“If the streets are not secure, even the house is not secure for girls, where will they go?” she asked.