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Perumbavoor rape: ‘She wanted to become a lawyer and fight discrimination’

Kerala rape victim sustained 38 injuries, apart from being smothered and strangulated.

Written by Shaju Philip | Kuruppampady | Updated: May 5, 2016 10:50 am
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The brutal rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dalit woman in Kerala’s Kuruppampady village has sparked protests both on the streets and online, where the case has drawn comparisons with the December 16, 2012 gangrape that shook the national capital.

Among those who have visited the woman’s mother — admitted to a hospital because she is in shock — are Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, CPM veteran V S Achuthanandan, MP Innocent and actor Jayaram.

Read: PM Modi may visit mother of Dalit woman brutally murdered in Kerala

“I could not stand before the mother. I have witnessed several heart wrenching incidents. But I have no words to console her,” wrote Achuthanandan on Facebook after meeting the mother. Chandy promised to bring the guilty to book and requested that the issue not be politicised. The case also found an echo in Rajya Sabha, with members raising the issue and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot saying he will visit the woman’s village.

At the centre of the case that has made national headlines is a family that lived in abject poverty for decades, surrounded by a well-to-do neighbourhood. The mother and daughter used to share a two-room hut covered by an asbestos sheet, with no toilet and no water.

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“As they did not have any water, they would defecate on newspapers, pack the waste and throw it on barren land away from their home. Ever since her death, the irrigation department has released water to the canal next to which their hut is located,” said police sources involved in the probe.

A few years ago, the Dalit family was given Rs 3 lakh under a government scheme to construct a house in another village, but it remains unfinished because of financial constraints.

The mother and daughter, said those in the vicinity, led an “isolated life”.

“The mother suffered occasional bouts of psychiatric disorder. On such occasions, she would quarrel with people passing their house. The daughter was a good woman, but she had to face discrimination because of her mother’s disorder,” said Siji Saju, a member of the village panchayat.

The daughter, a law student, had to face neglect even in death. Police said neighbours were reluctant to approach the mother on Thursday night when she started screaming for help. At her cremation on Friday, only close relatives, and no neighbours, showed up.

Locals said the mother, who works as a domestic help, returned at 8.30 pm and found the door locked. When her daughter did not open, she started screaming. The neighbours kept their distance, but one of them informed Saju, who called the police.

Police reached at 9.40 pm and went inside through the back door to find the body lying next to an unplastered brick wall. As the mother became hysterical, shouting “you killed my daughter”, she was taken to a government hospital.

On Wednesday, she recounted how her daughter’s dreams were weighed down by financial constraints. “My daughter wanted to become a lawyer to fight the discrimination our people face. She had not passed a few LLB papers. She wanted to complete the course, but only after our house was constructed,” she said, crying inconsolably. She said her husband walked out on the family two decades ago.

To make ends meet, the daughter briefly worked as a clerk in a private hospital.

The state government has ordered a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the victim’s mother and a government job for her elder sister.

Meanwhile, the Director of Medical Education, Dr V Geetha, has ordered a probe into the autopsy conducted following the murder. “There were reports that a postgraduate medical student at Alappuzha medical college conducted the autopsy. I have asked the principal to submit a report,” said Dr Geetha.

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The medical college submitted the post-mortem report on Wednesday, six days after the murder. According to the report, the victim sustained 38 injuries, apart from being smothered and strangulated. A sharp object was used to attack her genitals. She was also attacked on her neck and chest, and sustained damage to her liver.

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  1. 4thAugust1932
    May 6, 2016 at 9:40 am
    goo_gl/forms/g4fX5CELGg will give Licensed Pistols to Dalit for self-defence;
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      Adnan Khan
      May 5, 2016 at 6:54 am
      why Indian government not doing executions like gulf countries do ?lt;br/gt;it is the best way to control these crimes. executions should be in public, to let these buggers know their future if doing the same.
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      1. Anil Bharali
        May 5, 2016 at 1:19 am
        It is same to India as a Nation of upper caste and rich supported by corrupt and criminals at enlarge. Churchill was made speechless during Ist round table conference by Dr Ambedkar on Dalit issue. The British Government had to concede reservation policy under consution i.e Communal award. But that idea constantly is being defeated by the indulging communal bias in the society by Congress BJP and even communist leadership being controlled by upper caste people. Now RSS led BJP is frankly which controls the home department is fully controlled by the upper caste sectarians even being converted to the Christianity. Churchill had concretized it through MI6 elements in Home department so that India can't produce any more Dr Ambedkar and and Subhash Bose. The history is running in this direction.
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          Purushothaman
          May 5, 2016 at 12:54 am
          The murder of woman is the most sensational case in this so called God's own country. The punishment to the murderer should not be less than capital punishment. Political leaders are busy in competing eachother in issuing press releases. At least the medias should stop using the prefix Dalit because all women are one.
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            venugopal
            May 5, 2016 at 11:37 am
            This gruesome murder speaks volumes abt Kerala Cong common Marxist crminals growing . Moreover the ppl r self centric as made out.Cong talking abt Dalit security couldn't even provide a roof with toilet . All rascals garnering votes for thr welfare.
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