The 19-member Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Kerala, assumed office on Wednesday, May 25, and took some major decisions during its first meeting held in the evening. The CM has deputed a new team to investigate the murder case of the 29-year-old Dalit law student Jisha, who was brutally killed inside her house in Perumbavoor, Kerala on April 28.
"From the way the first information report was prepared to the way the body was interred, there have been many questions that are raised. Till now, there has been no breakthrough in the case and we have decided to assign a special team to investigate the case," Vijayan said to the media after the Cabinet meeting.
The investigation of the heinous crime will now be led by ADGP B Sandhya, along with a special team. People throughout the country, who were not satisfied with the probe that has been conducted so far, now hope that the investigation will take a right direction.
The CM announced the government's stand on Jisha case to the media as the first decision made by the LDF government, which has also offered a government job to the victim's sister. The government has also decided to give a pension amount of Rs. 5,000 every month to Jisha's mother, KK Rajeswari, apart from constructing a house for them within 45 days.
"Left Democratic Front (LDF) government's maiden cabinet meeting held; took first step towards #JusticeForJisha. The murder of Jisha was the major topic of discussion we had during the first meeting of the LDF government. The killer of the girl must be punished and her family has to be protected. The investigation will be led by ADGP B Sandhya. Jisha's sister Deepa will be given a government job. Her mother wil be given a pension amount of Rs. 5000 every month and a house will be constructed for them within 45 days. The LDF takes the responsibility and proudly announces it as the first decision made by the new government [translated]," the Kerala CM posted on his social media page.
As per the autopsy report, Jisha was beaten savagely using a sharp weapon that even pulled out her intestines. More than 30 injuries were found on her body and she was also struck in the genitals with an iron rod. The gruesome incident that shocked the entire nation was even compared to the brutal bus gang-rape that took place in Delhi in 2012.
Reports also suggest that even before the brutal murder, despite repeated complaints, the police did not react when Jisha's family members were allegedly harassed by their neighbours.
Read Pinarayi Vijayan's Facebook post here: