Kerala: Soumya's rapist Govindachami wants artificial hand, beedis

The Supreme Court had in last September commuted the death sentence of Govindachami, in the brutal rape and murder case of 23-year-old Soumya, to seven-year jail term on grounds that there was no reliable evidence to show that he pushed Soumya off the train

Kerala: Soumya

Govindachami, who is serving a seven-year-jail term in the infamous Soumya rape-murder case at the Kannur Central Jail in Kerala, has sought an artificial hand and five packets of beedis per day.

According to a report in Malayala Manorama, Govindachami made these requests to DGP Anil Kant, who visited the jail on Tuesday.

The DGP told Govindachami that he would not get beedis as smoking is prohibited in prisons.


However, the DGP told him that his request for an artificial hand could be considered.

The Supreme Court had in last September commuted the death sentence of Govindachami, in the brutal rape and murder case of 23-year-old Soumya, to seven-year jail term on grounds that there was no reliable evidence to show that he pushed Soumya off the train.

Later, the top court dismissed two review petitions filed by the Kerala government and Soumya's mother, challenging the decision to drop murder charges.

This is not the first time Govindachami is making unique requests before officials. He had once sat on strike in the jail demanding that he be served biryani everyday.