Five days have gone, yet the police has failed to identify the culprits who brutally raped and murdered a 29-year-old woman at her residence near Kochi in Kerala on Thursday evening.
The woman, a law student, was discovered in a pool of blood in her home near Vattolippidi canal in Perumbavoor when her mother came back home from work. Her autopsy report stated that she was severely beaten after rape and her intestines were pulled out using a sharp-edged weapon. There were at least 30 injuries found on her body. The woman was alone at her home on Thursday night when the incident took place. The police have mentioned that she was subjected to smothering and strangulation. However, whether she was subjected to sexual assault before or after the murder would be known only after the post-mortem reports appear. Major injuries were reported on her head, back of the neck, chest and stomach.
The negligence of the police has evoked anger among the local residents who took to social media to campaign for her and ensure justice. Her friends said that the perpetrators could have been inside the house for a long time considering the number of wounds on her body.
Even while people are seeking justice, political parties have begun to appropriate mileage out of this tragedy in the poll-bound state. The incident is quite similar to the Nirbhaya incident where a young medical student was brutally raped and killed in South Delhi four years ago by a group of men.
The Logical Indian urges the state government to find the culprits at the earliest and ensure strict action and punishment is given to them. The crime is so heinous that our laws look so weak in front of it. No punishment will justify this horror crime. Crime against women has not changed despite the rally call from social activists and citizens alike. It is a failure of the society when their women are not safe. We would like to convey our condolences to the family of the victim even while we hang our head in shame.