Days after Supreme Court reduced Govindachamy's death penalty in the infamous Soumya murder case to 14-year jail term, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday met Soumya's mother at his office in Thiruvananthapuram.
Calling Soumya as the daughter of Kerala, the CM assured that the government will do everything possible to get justice to her.
"On the wake of the recent Supreme Court order, Soumya's mother Sumathi had arrived at my office today. Soumya is the daughter of our state and the government will do the best to get justice to her," the Kerala CM posted on his Facebook page.
"Such incidents should not happen and I am sharing the sadness and anxieties of the mother," he added. The meeting also had the presence of ministers E Chandrasekharan, AK Balan, Mathew T Thomas, Kadannappalli Ramachandran, EK Sreedharan, Mercy Kutty Amma, KT Jaleel, K Raju, Shornur MLA PK Sasi and Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra.
On 15 September, after the three-member bench presided by Justice Ranjan Gogoi quashed the death sentence awarded to Govindachamy by the Thrissur fast-track court, Law Minister A K Balan had announced that the Kerala government will file a review petition against the verdict.
The 23-year-old victim, who worked as a salesgirl, was allegedly raped and killed by Govindachamy after being pushed out of the ladies' compartment from moving Kochi-Shornur passenger train on 1 February 2011. Soumya succumbed to her injuries at Government Medical College hospital in Thrissur on 6 February.
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