Several towns across Kerala saw large rallies and forcible stopping of trains to protest the brutal rape and killing of Soumya (23), even as her body was cremated at her home in Ivor Madom on the banks of the river Bharatapuzha in Palakkad district on Monday afternoon.
While travelling alone in the ladies compartment of a Shornur-Ernakulam passenger train on February 1, Soumya was first pushed out of the running train next to the tracks by a male assailant and then raped by him. She died on Sunday after battling for life for five days in an Ernakulam hospital.
The National Commission for Women has sought a report from both the Railways and the state government about the incident. "The accused should get capital punishment. If need be, rules should be amended," said state women commission chairperson Justice D Sreedevi.
"The Railways are the prime culprits for not providing sufficient security," MB Rajesh, Palakkad MP, said.
Soumya, however, described her alleged assailant, Govindaswamy, in such detail to the police, that they were able to nab him the same night.
Belonging to a poor family, Soumya was returning home after having received a marriage proposal.