The Supreme Court of India on Thursday alleviated the death sentence of the convict GovindaSwamy aka Govindachami to life imprisonment, in Kerala’s infamous Soumya rape and murder case. The Apex Court Bench comprising of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Prafulla C. Pant and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit has acquitted GovindaSwamy of the murder charges, upholding the rape charges against him under IPC section 376.
According to the prosecution, Soumya MG, a 23-year-old young girl was raped and murdered by the accused while she was travelling back home from Kochi to Shornur in a train. The incident was shocking for the conscience of Kerala. Govindachami trespassed into the ladies compartment of Ernakulam-Shornur passenger train No. 56608 on 1 February 2011, noticing that Soumya was travelling alone. He seized her with an intention to commit rape and theft. She was dropped out of the train due the tussle. The accused also jumped out of the train, took Soumya (who was stunned because of the fall) away to a lonely place and raped her. He took away her mobile worth Rs 1600.
The co-passengers informed railway authorities about this and they found her unconscious near the railway tracks later and was admitted to the Medical College Hospital in Thrissur immediately. She succumbed to the injuries on 6th of February.
The fast track trial court in Thrissur observed the ‘entire offence as extremely brutal’ and sentenced the accused to death. The court also observed that the accused is ‘a menace to the society and is incapable of rehabilitation’. The trial court judge K Raveendra Babu classified this case as the rarest of the rare ones.