Five days after the brutal murder of a 29-year-old law student in Perumbavoor, Kerala, two suspects were detained by the investigative officers on May 3. Two neighbours of the victim, with their faces covered, were brought to the office of the deputy superintendent of police on Tuesday morning.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has ordered a high-level probe into the case that will be led by Mahipal Yadav, the Kochi Range Inspector General of Police. "We have asked the probe to be led by a very senior official and nothing will be left to chance to bring the culprits to justice," Chandy told reporters, according to IANS.
The victim was found dead by her mother at their house in Rayamangalam panchayat after she returned from her daily work on April 28. According to the autopsy report, the victim's body bore about 30 severe injuries, and was badly mutilated around her private parts. Two sides of her chest were also pierced to almost two inches deep using a sharp knife.
Read the details of the post-mortem report.
Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan has attacked the police officials for not taking effective measures in finding the suspects even five days after the incident. He has asked the government to take full responsibility of the deceased's mother and sister, and demanded maximum punishment for the culprits. Several film personalities, including Mohanlal, Mammootty, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Dulquer Salmaan, Dileep, Manju Warrier, Jayaram, Rima Kallingal, Aashiq Abu, Indrajith Sukumaran, Murali Gopy, Archana Kavi, Shaan Rahman, Sunny Wayn, Unni Mukundan, Ranjini Haridas, Roshan Basheer, Sreebala K Menon, Ananyaa, Suraj Venjarumoodu and Anju Joseph, have also reacted on the issue through their social media pages.
Meanwhile, members of many women's organisations and the Students' Federation of India organised a march to the Kerala Secretariat demanding justice for the victim. Meanwhile, many are shocked by the incident, which is reminiscent of the Nirbhaya gang rape that took place in a moving bus in New Delhi on Dec. 16, 2012.
Check out what politicians and celebrities have to say about the incident:
It has come to a stage that women are now no longer safe in their homes. The police here are not allowed to do their job and the state government is also not doing anything..
Let's unite and decide that we shall never let anything like this happen to women around us. If we come across any women who need help we should come forward and help them. Those who are found guilty should be given a punishment which shall set an example for other perpetrators. We all want our mothers,sisters, daughters and friends to feel safe where ever they are. Prayers to departed souls
â â â What will it take?
It's happened a countless times. From a 3"x4" on an inside page of a less than popular daily..to paper cups inverted over candle flames at national monuments..we have reported, read and protested. Yet every time it happens again..why do we think there shouldn't be a NEXT time..and THIS time passes by. Another girl becomes another Nirbhaya.
Nirbhaya was not a Malayalee..so our women are safe..She is not my sister..so my home is safe. But remember...every mother, sister, wife and child is just one lonely evening away from a 1000 lit candles at Marine Drive.
Close your eyes and think of not the pain..but the shame..not on them..but on us. On me, on you and every man and woman who thought we didn't know Delhi...we do...and we live far away from Perumbavoor...we don't!
Kill the silence...Get up..Speak!
WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
Disturbed.. Sad.. Disgusted.. Angry.. mixed emotions waving through the mind since morning! A crime of immense brutality happens in our state and it takes 6 days for us to even know about it amidst the election noise. Wondering how many more days it would take for justice to prevail??! No words to describe the sad state of things.. Hope n pray that we soon have more stringent laws to book rape n murder, and a fast track system to bring justice to cases like these asap. My heart goes out to the grieving family who have had to go through this.. Prayers to the departed soul!
Appalled and saddened by the brutality. If our women and children are not safe from our men then what is??
When we complain about Eve teasing, cat calling, harassment ,cyber bullying ,domestic violence, no body cares. When we are told what to do, what to wear, what to say, where to go, what time to go out and we complain about that , nobody cares. When we are attacked for speaking our minds, for taking a stand, for demanding self respect, nobody cares. We react only when they are raped and killed ??? Only then do we take notice?? Is it time yet?? Is this what we were waiting for? #â€Žjusticeforus
Women's rights activist Ginakumari
The police appears to be soft and silent in the probe and there has been a violation of Justice Verma Commission guidelines in such cases. It's five days since the incident took place and nothing seems to be happening.
Dear Government, Dear Police, Dear Authorities.. TIME TO PROVE YOURSELVES!
Never thought another such horrible thing could happen after Nirbhaya.. Let's make sure God's own country doesn't turn into Devil's own country.. Never again
My heart goes out to my beloved sister who was bestially slayed by psychopaths blinded by lust. No crime can be more gruesome than this horrendous incident. It is time for action and there is no point in blaming or mudslinging. Those wretched criminals must be brought to book and the most befitting punishment must be meted out to them at the earliest. And we should wake up from our slumber of passivity and must ensure that such incidents should never recur. It is high time that relentless vigilance became our watchword. There is no place in our land that can be called totally safe for our sisters. Roaming eyes are all around and I am afraid whether the paranoia of extreme fear would envelop women folk in the days to come. Who can be trusted? Who can be relied upon? We were delving deep into the details of the horrific death of Nirbhaya in the seemingly distant Delhi a few summers ago. Now the reality is staring at us,right at our doorstep,in our land,the worst has happened. Alas! more things change,more they remain the same.I am lost for words. If only my eyes never again witness such brutality,if only my ears never ever hear such a heartrending news again. I hope,just hope! Brothers and sisters let us unite and pray for the departed soul and take a vow that we would do our mite to stop the plumb of our society to such abominable lows.
Anyone can preach. What we need is action, but the thousands (myself included) are chained back by society and family to do anything about it. Where is the revelation? All we need is that one spark and when we get that. Oh boy, that day. That day you'll know who changed all this around.
Lijo Jose Pellissery
The most brutal thing occurs in our state and it just took 6 days to reach us all ??? No words
Where are we heading to?! One among the responsible citizens of the largest democratic country and one among the literates of the most literate state in the country! I feel extremely ashamed... I feel bad for myself thinking that I came across the news just now after 5days of its occurrence! That too thanks to the social media. An innocent 29year old law student was brutally raped; sexually assaulted and stabbed to death. At her house and in the daytime!!! And the whole neighbourhood stayed clueless about it!! How on earth is that possible??!!!! Where do we go? Our own house is not safe anymore. It's extremely disturbing! I don't know if there is any use of me posting this other than taking out my frustration; but right now all I care about is â€ªjustice to that mother...Let's hope fearless life for everyone.
It is a matter of utter shame and sadness that cruelty to such diabolic extend was meted out on a girl in God's Own Country. The conscience of our society should be ashamed... I strongly condemn this incident and wish that the culprit be brought to justice at the earliest and be given the most stringent punishment...
Ever since I heard this news about Kerala student's rape and brutal murder I haven't been able to think straight let alone find peace. I mean what the hell is going on ..what sort of a place do we live in that it takes over 5 days for such horrific news to get noticed and worse still not a damn thing was being done to catch the culprits in the meantime .And now all of a sudden there is so much going on once the media hit down hard on it. We seriously need to think about the scary sorry condition of the state we live in ..The so called cultural , most literate state of India ,Gods own country and what not .Highly deplorable is what it is !!!
When the Nirbhaya case hit our country we were all up in arms shouting and screaming for justice for one of india's daughters. Well now it has hit us closer home, right in our backyard. Time to realise that it's high time change comes about and all the talk is put to an end and actual action takes place. The fact is I don't know what I can do as an individual or even what needs to be done to change the current scenario ..But I do know for sure that such criminals deserve nothing less than capital punishment. We need fear to be inculcated in the minds of such criminals that if a crime is committed punishment will be doled out accordingly .Unfortunately this has been one major area that the India law enforcement and legal system have been a complete failure at.Drastic changes need to be brought about in this area if a safer environment has to be created for women.
Time to react people .. time we all stood together and protested against such heinous crimes and ensured a safer place for women where we are not constantly ridden by the fear of being abused,assaulted ,raped and murdered .Our voice is all we have.Raise it !!!â€ª
Once again., a nirbhaya...
Not at night in the middle of the road.,
But in broad day light
In a house that's her own.
When and where can we keep ourself safe?
Can you please suggest a time or a place?