On May 2, Kerala was jolted as the horrendous details of the brutal rape and murder of a 30-year-old dalit woman in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam emerged.
The scary incident has once again revived the ghastly memories of December 16, 2012, when a young physiotherapy intern was gang-raped in a moving bus in the national capital.
Even as the extent of cruelty on a hapless woman in Perumbavoor continues to reverberate through Kerala, reports say that a 19-year-old nursing student was gang-raped in the state capital. Read more
Kerala's Nirbhaya - What happened on April 28?
Jisha, a 30-year-old law student in Ernakulam, was alone at her one-room house in Perumbavoor as her mother, a daily wager, had gone out for work. Around Thursday afternoon, she was heard shouting at someone from the house. Police suspect that the crime happened between 2.00 pm and 5.00 on Thursday. However, it was only after her mother returned from work around 8.30 pm, that the murder was known to the world.
Seven people in custody
The police have taken into custody seven men, including a relative of the victim and his friend. The other men in custody are Jisha’s neighbour and a migrant labourer but the police have not yet confirmed who killed the law student.
Jisha’s neighbour was tracked down in Kannur following signals from his mobile phone. He had left home after the day of the murder.
The shocking details of the crime have been of the worst order, surpassing the other known recent attacks on women in Kerala.
According to the autopsy report, intestines of the deceased had come out in the attack with a sharp object. There were 30 wounds on the victim's body, including two deep stab wounds on chest.
Who are the culprit(s)? And why did they resort to this heinous crime?
The police suspect that the culprit(s) was known to the victim as there was none present at the house during the crime. The statement to the police that she was heard shouting at someone also hint at this possibility. Police are also probing the revenge angle.
The migrant labourers, who were constructing a wall near to the house, are also under the police scanner. They had also frequently interacted with the family.
The never-ending horror from New Delhi to Kerala
The chilling similarities between the Perumbavoor murder and Delhi gang-rape is a bad reminder on the shadow of attack that looms over every girl/woman in this country. The December 16 victim, called Nirbhaya by the media, was beaten up, violated and tortured barbarically by six men inside a moving bus in south Delhi. A fortnight later, she lost her battle to life in a hospital in Singapore.
While Nirbhaya had unsuspectingly boarded a bus with her friend that marked the beginning of the most horrendous incident, Jisha was alone at her own home when she was subjected to inhuman torture and killed. Even though Nirbhaya's friend stood up to protect her, he was badly beaten up for his brave act. And the protective environment of her own house could do little to rescue Jisha from the destined misery.
Both the women were brutally raped, with sharp objects inserted into their bodies. While Nirbhaya suffered serious injuries to her internal organs including genitals; Jisha's intestines had come out in the attack.
Nirhbhaya was beaten and stabbed with an iron rod multiple times, while as many as 30 wounds were found on Jisha's body, including two stab injuries.
The extend of brutality has once again echoed online with many seeking urgent action against the culprits. Nirbhaya's fate had triggered a national outrage with people taking out candle light vigils and mass protests.
The gory details mentioned in the article could be unsettling to at least some of the readers. However, we are forced to bring them to the fore so as we shouldn't go back to the make-believe world of indifference once the news moves out of the front pages. Open your eyes and ears Kerala, there is an attacker lurking in every corner eyeing his/her next victim. This needs to be stopped – Now!
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