Pinarayi Vijayan, who took oath as the Kerala chief minister on Wednesday, said a new team will investigate a 29-year-old Dalit woman’s rape and murder which brought back memories of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case.
The law student was found murdered on April 28 at her home near a canal in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district by her mother, a labourer. The woman was beaten up after the rape and her intestines were pulled out using a sharp-edged weapon, according to police officials.
Former state home minister Ramesh Chennithala had asked the Kochi range inspector general to constitute a special investigation team to probe the case.
The National Human Rights Commission recently issued a notice to the Kerala government over the incident.
The commission said it was a matter of utmost concern that women’s security was facing a grave threat in spite of several measures taken in recent times, including amendments to the Indian Penal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and the Evidence Act.