Protesters-police clash in Kerala over Jisha rape and murder, case echoes in Rajya Sabha

Raising the brutal murder case in the Upper House, CP Narayanan of CPI (M) said that more vigil is needed on part of the police and the public to protect women

Police baton charged activists and students who were protesting against the brutal rape and murder of the 30 year old law student in Perumbavoor.  The protesters accused the police of dragging their feet in finding the culprits.

Meanwhile the gruesome murder also came up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha.

Raising the issue in the Upper House, CP Narayanan of CPI(M) said more clear vigil is needed on part of the police and the public, and everyone should make sure that our sisters and daughters get protection .

BJP MP Tarun Vijay said the Kerala government failed completely in protecting the Dalit girls in the state. He also termed the heinous episode as repetition of Nirbhaya case.

Earlier BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi  demanded to know why Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi has not spoken on the rape-cum-murder of a young woman in Kerala.

Targeting Rahul Gandhi, Lekhi said: “These people who politicise suicides have no time to visit the state. The Congress president herself is a woman but their concern for women and Dalits comes up only if the incident happens in a non-Congress state.”

Meantime, police officers who are probing  Jisha murder have disclosed the sketch of culprits with the help of two witnesses. A woman and a mat worker who had allegedly witnessed the murder, helped police make sketches of the culprits. Yesterday, the police has arrested a man who is suspected to be the main culprit in the case, from Kannur district in northern Kerala.

Many demonstrations have been held across the state. Several activists and public figures have accused the government and police officers of not doing enough to book the guilty as the murdered girl belongs to a Dalit family who used to live in a single room hut on revenue land.

Chief minister Oommen Chandy said the government will bring the perpetrators before the law. He also offered a government job for the sister of Jisha.

Jisha’s House – Perumbavoor

Earlier the news that Jisha’s post mortem was carried out by medical students from Alappuzha Medical College triggered widespread public anger since the rules do not permit that in rape cases. Many activists said this move from the government is a clear  indication of the way it handles the case.