247) Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Dad gets death sentence, daughter wants death sentence for mother too – Atrocious, Barbaric Dalit murders & dalit massacres of India, Kausalya, Shankar, Jisha murder case

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 How a young widow brought her father to book

Kausalya not only fought to get justice for murdered husband, she has also become a caste crusader

Kausalya was 19 when she fell in love with Shankar in 2015 at the engineering college where they were studying. She was a middle-class girl from the politically strong Thevar community, raised in Palani in Tamil Nadu. He was a Pallar, a scheduled caste whose father was a daily wager in Komaralingam nearby. Shankar was the first to go to college from his family.

Kausalya’s family opposed the match but she left home and married Shankar in a temple. “For the eight months I lived with him, he was more motherly than my mother to me. He would cook for me, wash my clothes, take care of me like a child. He did things that society considers women’s chores,’’ she says. “For others, love means many things. For me, love gives women self-respect.’’ Their bliss came to a shuddering end on March 13 last year when Shankar was hacked to death with sickles near Udumalpet bus stand. Kausalya, who had received hundreds

of threatening calls from her family during her marriage, was grievously injured.

The injuries healed but the wounds didn’t, and the victim turned crusader, helping bring her husband’s killers to book. She was the prime eyewitness and testified against her parents. She told the court of the harassment meted out to her and Shankar. Despite enormous pressure, she stood her ground.

Her efforts paid off. Last week, a Tirupur trial court sentenced her father Chinnasamy and five hirelings to death. One person got life imprisonment. Her mother Annalakshmi, uncle Pandithurai and his friend were acquitted for want of evidence. Kausalya says she will challenge the acquittal.

She says her aim was to prevent another Shankar from meeting the same fate. “It was caste that killed Shankar, snuffing out the ambitions of a first-generation engineer graduate. I resolved to fight against it.” Now she participates in meetings and campaigns against caste in between her clerical job at Wellington town in the Nilgiris. She runs the Shankar Thanipayirchi Mandram, a free children’s tuition centre, where she also teaches ‘parai’, a drum instrument whose music is often associated with Dalit liberation. She refers to Dalit kids as ‘our children’. “Our children need education. I’m going to work for it,’’ says Kausalya, seated in the bright yellow, terraced home she has built for her in-laws from government compensation and contributions from well-wishers.

Kathir, executive director of Evidence, an NGO working for Dalit rights, says her transformation has been “phenomenal’’. “No one else has taken such a strong stand and fought a case against her father and mother,’’ says Kathir, citing honour killings where the women returned to their parents. According to a study by Evidence, Tamil Nadu has seen 89 honour killings in three years till June 2016. In most cases, the girl’s parents would invariably be the accused and go scot free for want of witnesses. In Shankar’s case, the CCTV footage proved crucial. “I haven’t watched it, I don’t want to relive that moment,’’ says Kausalya, who never refers to her parents as father and mother; they are just the accused, Chinnasamy and Annalakshmi.

The last one year has been hard. Depressed, she even tried to take her own life last May. “She left the house saying she wants to go for a walk, spent more than an hour at the graveyard where Shankar was cremated. Later that day she attempted suicide,’’ says Shankar’s father, C Velusamy. It proved to be a turning point. N Amirtham, an activist from All India Democratic Women’s Association who’s been working with Kausalya since the murder, says she has become a different person after the suicide attempt. “That’s when she started reading books of E V R Periyar,’’ Amirtham says.

“I have learnt to drive a Bullet too,’’ says Kausalya, sporting denims and cropped hair. “The way I look and travel is my choice.’’

RIDING THE BULLET:

Kausalya sports a new look. (Right) With Shankar

  • Dalit killing: 3 arrested in UP

  • Muzaffarnagar (UP), Dec 26 (PTI) Three persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged murder of a 22-year- old Dalit woman and her nephew, following an encounter here, police said today.

Hacked bodies of the Dalit woman and her 5-year-old nephew were found in Luhari Khurd village on December 20.

According to the police, three persons have been arrested and the accused have confessed to the crime.

“Two accused and one police constable sustained bullet injuries during the encounter,” Superintendent of Police (City) Ombir Singh said.

He added that two pistols, large number of cartridges and a bike was recovered from the accused.

Notably, the police had formed three special teams to trace the killers after the villagers staged a protest over the incident.

Sandhya succumbs, police say murder pre-planned

By Express News Service  |   Published: 23rd December 2017

HYDERABAD: Twenty-two-year-old N Sandhya Rani, who was set afire on Thursday by her alleged stalker, died on Friday morning.  Police, who nabbed the accused Thursday night, said that it was a pre-planned murder.

The accused, 28-year-old Sai Kartheek, has been charged with murder, assault on woman with intent to outrage her modesty, and under sections of SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act.  The DCP (north zone) B Sumathi said that the accused had been harassing the victim for the past few months, asking her to marry him. The two knew each other as they worked in the same office.

On Thursday, Sandhya Rani was on her way back to home after work when Kartheek intercepted her. He picked an argument with her after she refused to accept his marriage proposal.In the CCTV footage, Kartheek is seen carrying a bottle of petrol, which was allegedly set her ablaze. She sustained 65 per cent burns and was shifted to Gandhi Hospital.

Based on a complaint lodged by victim’s mother, a case was registered. “We collected all possible evidence including CCTV footages from different places. It was found that the accused procured petrol from a filling station in Malkajgiri,’’ she said.Meanwhile, the family of Sandhya complained that the hospital staff have failed to provide timely and requisite treatment.

‘‘They also abused us, making unwanted comments on the incident,” said Savitri, her mother. “Early in the morning, Sandhya complained about severe chest pain. Minutes later, she passed away, ” said her mother. Post-mortem report says the burns damaged her respiratory system, leading to her death.

Fire of 1968 still burning inside

By Express News Service  |   Published: 24th December 2017 

NAGAPATTINAM: Manusangada..Naanga Manusangada (human, we are human), a song famous in the revolutionary and Dalit rights activists’ circles, was penned by poet Inquilab, whose family recently refused to accept the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2017, conferred on him posthumously. This is no ordinary song, but the distillation of a thought process influenced by pathos over a blot on the history of the State: the Keezhvenmani massacre, whose 49th anniversary would be marked this December 25.
Around 20-km from Velankanni, where people are into an overdrive to make this year’s Christmas celebrations a grand affair, Keezhvenmani would stand as a study in contrast. In this small hamlet, the residents would recall the heartrending memories of the massacre, which left 44 of their forebears dead on the wintry night of December 25, 49 years ago in 1968. Among the dead were children, burnt alive in their huts when an influential landlord swooped down on the hamlet with his goons and set afire their tenements.

An arch built to mark the 25th anniversary of the massacre welcomes visitors to Keezhvenmani; R Maniyammal, who lost her sister and the latter’s 8 children | M MANIKANDAN

The deceased were from Dalit community, working as farm labourers on the landlord’s farms. Hard toil and backbreaking work used to fetch them one measure of paddy for one sack of grains reaped. However, they drudged on, little aware of the exploitation. That is when Communism came into the picture. A marginalised and voiceless community learnt about its rights and began asserting them.
When those who had put up with their eccentric and dictatorial ways for long began straining the leash, the landlords grew uneasy. Wages, something the landed gentry considered benevolence, became a buzz word and the downtrodden began demanding it as a right. “Why should we work hard for just one measure of paddy?” was the constant refrain that began reverberating through farms across the State. The response was swift and brutal. Bullets of country-made guns, assault and torture were employed in good measure to the silence the voice of dissent.

G Pazhanivel, now in his late sixties, was one of the lucky few to survive the inferno of December 25, 1968. Speaking to Express, Pazhanivel recalls, “When we demanded our rights of increased wages, the angry caste Hindu landlords formed another union: The Paddy Producers Association. All we asked was for an additional half measure of paddy. We were attached to a Left union, the landlords demanded us to leave it and join their association. After some arm-twisting, a few labourers switched camp, but a majority opposed. This upset Gopalakrishnan, zonal president of The Paddy Producers Association. He decided to take revenge and executed the massacre.”

“I was in my 20s then. It was around 8 pm, when about 200 henchmen of Gopalakrishnan barged into our village. First they opened fire. Hearing the gunshots, we ran helter-skelter. Since almost all land belonged to caste Hindus at that time, Dalit labourers ran towards the hut of Ramaiyan, the only Dalit landowner. As many as 48 people, including myself, took shelter in his hut. Many hid in the fields,” said Pazhanivel. “The goons surrounded the hut and set it on fire. They were monitoring the hut to prevent anyone from escaping. When I managed to come out, a goon attacked me with a sharp weapon. However, I managed to escape. There were three like me, who escaped.”

Reprieve and murder

Muniyan, a 91-year-old now, was the one who lodged a complaint with the Keezhvelur police around 11.15 pm the same night. After the inferno came legal tussle. After a protracted court battle, the Madras High Court acquitted the landlord in 1975, quashing the Nagapattinam district court judgment awarding him 10 years of imprisonment in 1970. The acquittal upset the Dalits and a radical group decided to avenge the massacre. Gopalakrishnan was murdered in 1980.

Many years have passed since the massacre but the socio-economic conditions of the people of Keezhvenmani have not changed. While one may derive satisfaction from the fact that hatred between caste Hindu landlords and Dalit farm labourers has come down, the ground reality is Keezhvenmani has not witnessed any significant developments in all these years apart from a large arch built to mark the 25th anniversary of the massacre on the Keezhvelur-Thiruthuraippoondi State Highway. The 105 huts and 15 tiled-roof houses tell tales of how development skipped past the hamlet.

No development

Maniyammal, who lost her sister Kalimuthu and eight nephews in the massacre, now lives in a small hut. She was given a concrete house by the government 30 years ago, but time has reduced it to a ramshackle building. She constructed the hut on her own. “My sister Kalimuthu (35) and her eight children died that night. My husband Rethinam was shot and sustained bullet injuries on his legs. He was rendered incapable of working on the fields and the burden of providing for the family came on my shoulders. When my husband was alive, the government allotted us a concrete house. It is in shambles now. As I am unable to renovate it, I built a small hut nearby the massacre memorial site,” she added.
It is Samba season again. Except for some school-going children, every man and woman can be seen working in the fields throughout the day. MGNREGA came as a ray of hope, but gives sporadic jobs and the income is erratic. Some uneducated youth migrated to Tirupur to work in garment industries. Of the 1,200-odd residents, only 10 are graduates. The village does not even have a high school. Only a Panchayat union middle functions, with 50 students on rolls. Higher education needs are met by High and Higher secondary schools in Thevur village.

P Devandran, one of the few graduates from the village, now works as a professor at a private university. “If the government introduces a higher secondary school and a college near the village, the education needs of the youth could be met. More graduates will emerge from our village,” he says, hoping that education would correct the affliction triggered by years of neglect.

Did the massacre, the subsequent media glare and becoming the talking point of the State help uplift the lot of the people? S Mariyammal, a farm hand, answers: “Though our elders gave their lives in the struggle to get an additional half measure of paddy, nothing has changed. A few became land owners and some got lower-level jobs in government. Apart from that, there has been no development here.”

Horror tale retold

● Influenced by communists, landless peasants in Tanjore held agitations demanding increased wages in Keezhvenmani
● Though there was an increase in agricultural production due to green revolution, they were given just one measure of paddy
● The peasants withheld part of the harvest, aggravating the situation
● On Dec 25, 1968, the landlords and their henchmen surrounded the hutments and attacked the peasants. While the landlords fired bullets, the labourers could only throw stones in return. When women and children took refuge in a small hut, the landlords set fire to it, burning them to death. 44 women and children, the families of striking labourers, died on the fateful night
● Though the landlords were convicted in a lower court, the verdict was overturned by the Madras High Court

Minor gangraped in UP’s Mainpuri, set on fire for complaining

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Updated On : 15 Dec , 2017 New Delhi:

In a heart-wrenching incident, a minor girl was allegedly set ablaze by three men, who earlier allegedly had gang-raped her in Uttar Pradesh‘s Mainpuri.

The girl’s family members has alleged that the accused were troubling her for the last 3-4 months.

The victim has been admitted to the hospital where she continue to be in a critical condition, a report states. Police has registered an FIR and no arrest has been made.

According to reports, the accused, who were the neighbours of the victim, allegedly use to feed some intoxicating material to the parent of the victim and harass her.

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: Minor girl allegedly gang-raped by three men in , set ablaze by the culprits after she reported to police. Family members allege that the three were troubling her for the last 3-4 months. Police says ‘FIR registered, search on’

As per the police, the accused had been molesting the victim for quite a long time and when she reported about the incident, they broke into her house and set her ablaze.

A case under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (d) (gang-rape) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was registered against them, he said. Now the section 307 would be replaced by section 302 (murder), Shukla said.

“She filed a report about harassment few days back and we were looking for the accused when this incident took place. A case has been registered and we are making efforts to apprehend them soon,” the police said.

SHOCKING: Woman gang-raped, set on fire by three in UP

Updated: Dec 15, 2017 Times Now Digital

Lucknow: In a shocking incident, three men gang-raped an 18-year-old girl and then set her ablaze in Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh.

The police are searching for three men- Sachin Gupta, Ashish Gupta, and Pancham Singh who allegedly committed the heinous act.

A case has been registered against the three in Kurawali Police Station. According to reports, the girl complained that the three allegedly gang-raped her and set her ablaze by pouring kerosene on her.

The girl, who is 40 per cent burnt has been admitted to Saifai hospital and is under treatment.

Inspector of the Police Station- Rohitash Singh has been suepended for behaving insensitively and not taking immediate and appropriate action.

Minor girl set ablaze for opposing molestation

ANI |    Dec 15,2017
Minor girl set ablaze for opposing molestation

Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh): A minor girl was set ablaze by three men, who earlier allegedly had molested her in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri.

The accused, who were the neighbours of the victim, allegedly use to feed some intoxicating material to the parent of the victim and harass her.

As per the police, the accused had been molesting the victim for quite a long time and when she reported about the incident, they broke into her house and set her ablaze.

“She filed a report about harassment few days back and we were looking for the accused when this incident took place. A case has been registered and we are making efforts to apprehend them soon,” the police said.

The woman was taken to a mini PGI hospital in Saifai for treatment and now she is said to be out of danger.

Minor girl murdered after alleged gang rape in Vijayapura

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PublishedDec 21, 2017
A day after gangrape & murder of a 9th standard student, police yet arrest accused.
 The family placed the body at Ambedkar Circle and demanded arrest of the culprits.

BELAGAVI: A day after the horrific gangrape and murder of a ninth standard schoolgirl in Vijayapura, the police are yet to arrest any of the six accused.

Tension prevailed in Vijayapura as the news of incident spread across the city on Wednesday. The family placed the body at Ambedkar Circle and demanded arrest of the culprits.

As the protest stretched on to night, district in-charge minister M.B. Patil met the protesters and family of the 14-year-old victim and vowed to initiate stringent measures to trace the culprits. He also assured to release Rs 5 lakh compensation to the family. The minister urged the police officers to bring all culprits to the book at the earliest.

Earlier on Tuesday night an angry group of people beat up two suspects outside the police station in Vijayapura, when they were brought for questioning with regard to the case.

The crime took place while the girl was returning home from school along with her friend. A group of men chased her on a bike and took her away. Four others who came in an autorickshaw also joined them. They took her to a secluded place near the school, gangraped and killed her.

The girl’s friend raised an alarm, teachers and some others rushed the secluded place where the girl was taken away and found that she was lying unconscious.
Although, she was rushed to a nearby hospital, she died on the way. Medical tests revealed that she was raped and the suffocated to death.

A case of rape, murder, kidnapping besides another case under the POCSO Act have been filed against all the accused by Vijayapura police.

Police sources alleged that the culprits were tracking the girl for the past few days.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who was in Vijayapura on Wednesday, condemned the gruesome incident and assured the people that the police would catch the culprits at the earliest and ensure severe punishment.

Dalit girl allegedly raped and murdered

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Tension prevailed in Vijayapura after a 15-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and murdered on Tuesday. According to the Adarsha Nagar police where the case is registered, the father of the girl has complained that his daughter was raped and murdered by a youth hailing from an upper caste.

The police said the incident took place when the girl was returning to school with her cousin after lunch break. Two miscreants came on a bike and forcefully took her away. Her cousin rushed and informed the teacher. The teacher went in search of the Class IX student only to find her lying unconscious and not breathing properly. An ambulance was called for and she was declared brought dead by the doctors.

Following her death, the family supported by several organisations protested in front of the body demanding justice. The protest that began late evening went on till Wednesday morning. It is alleged that the angry public assaulted two suspects. Water Resources Minister MB Patil visited the spot and assured the demonstrators that strict action would be taken against the perpetrators.

Vijayapura district Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Kumar R Jain said a case of rape and murder has been reported. “Preliminary investigations revealed that it is not a case of gang rape. The accused have been identified, but no arrests have been made so far. Two teams are working on the case. The incident took place between 2.30-4.00pm at Manjunath Nagar of the AdarshNagar police station limits. The accused studies in the same school and is her senior,” he said.

TAMIL NADU HONOUR KILLING 6 out of 8 convicts get double death sentence

Daughter welcomes capital punishment for father who killed her husband; to approach Madras High Court against acquittal of her mother and uncle

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A Tiruppur court on Tuesday awarded a double death sentence to six out of the eight convicts in the honour killing of a Dalit youth V Shankar in Udumalpet town on March 13, 2016.

The victim’s father-in-law, Chinnasamy (44), was among those to be awarded capital punishment. Chinnasamy’s wife, Annalakshmi, her brother Pandithurai and a student Prasanna Kumar were acquitted by the court for want of evidence.

Principal district and sessions court judge Alamelu Natarajan also awarded a double life sentence to one Stephen Dhanaraj and five years’ imprisonment to M Manikandan, who was charged with harbouring the accused persons, sources said.

Shankar, a mechanical engineering graduate married 19-year-old Kausalya against the wishes of her parents on July 11, 2015. On that fateful day, motorcycle-borne assailants attacked them with deadly weapons in a crowded shopping area in Udumalpet. Kausalya suffered serious head injuries and Shankar succumbed on the way to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital.

Hailing the verdict, Kausalya said that she will approach the Madras High Court against the acquittal of her mother and two others and also sought police protection for herself and Shankar’s family.

Migrant worker convicted in Jisha rape and murder case

The principal sessions court in Ernakulam on Tuesday found the lone accused, a migrant worker hailing from Assam, guilty of rape and murder of Dalit law student Jisha in Kerala last year. The court will pronounce the sentence for Ameerul Islam on Wednesday, sources said.

Jisha was found murdered at her house in Ernakulam district on April

28. Islam was traced to Kancheepuram and arrested on June 16, 2016.

Shankar and Kausalya were married in July 2015 against her parents’ wishes

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Convict Ameerul Islam gets death for Dalit law student’s rape-murder

Kochi: Calling the rape and murder of Dalit law student Jisha “rarest of rare on par with the Nirbhaya case in Delhi”, the Ernakulam principal sessions court on Thursday sentenced Ameerul Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam and the sole accused in the case, to death.

Jisha was found murdered in her modest oneroom house in Perumbavoor on April 28 last year with her private parts mutilated, and the case became a cause celebre on how vulnerable women in Kerala were to sexual predators. “The injuries noted in the post-mortem report are self-explanatory to show the inhuman behaviour of the convict… sympathy in any form would be misplaced and it would shake the confidence of the public in the administration of criminal justice system,” Judge N Anilkumar said in his order.

The death penalty has to be approved by the Kerala high court. In the equally sensational Soumya case, the high court had confirmed the death sentence but the Supreme Court had commuted it to life imprisonment and a similar eventuality cannot be ruled out in this case too.

The sessions court dismissed the defence argument that the case was based on circumstantial evidence alone. “DNA technology is more reliable than direct oral evidence of witnesses. Further, witness Sreelekha had identified the convict coming out of the house immediately after the occurrence. The convict admitted in clear terms to the witness Dr Biju James that on April 28, when he attempted to shut the mouth of a girl, the girl bit his right index finger,” the judgment said.

Ameerul Islam displayed no emotions throughout the proceedings at court and didn’t respond as the sentence was translated for his benefit. Later, he said he was innocent and would appeal to the high court.

TO THE GALLOWS: Ameerul Islam emerges after the sentencing

Death for Dalit law student’s rape, murder

CM Vijayan says court sentence marks judicial recognition for govt’s uncompromising stand on women’s security

A court in Ernakulam on Thursday awarded the death sentence to 23-yearold Ameerul Islam for the rape and murder of Dalit law student Jisha in April last year.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the judgment marked a judicial recognition for the government’s uncompromising stand on issues concerning women’s security, adding that the utmost priority was accorded by his government in bringing the culprit to book, in addition to ensuring a punishment befitting the person behind this ghastly rape and murder case. The trial and judgment in this case illustrates that those committing crime against women cannot fancy escaping the law, he stressed.

The principal sessions court in Ernakulam had on Tuesday found Ameerul guilty of the crime. He was awarded the death sentence with a fine for the murder charge and a life sentence for rape. He was also awarded separate sentences with fines for other charges, sources said. Special public prosecutor N K Unnikrishnan said after the verdict that the prosecution was pleased to get capital punishment for the accused.

The court was convinced that it was a “diabolic and barbaric” murder, the prosecutor said, citing that out of the 38 wounds found on the victim’s body, the private parts bore extensive damage. Scientific evidence and the testimony of a neighbour, Sreelekha, who saw Ameerul moving away from the victim’s house after committing the crime, proved crucial in nailing the convict, he said. The prosecution’s account was that Jisha was murdered by Ameerul when she resisted his attempts to rape her.

Additional director general of police B Sandhya, who headed the special investigation team, said the police and the prosecution worked hard in the case from day one, as demonstrated by Thursday’s order. The defence said it will appeal against the lower court verdict.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jisha, who had completed her MA LLB course, was found brutally murdered at her house near Kuruppampady in Ernakulam district around 8.30 pm on April 28, 2016. The murder reportedly took place between 5.45 and 6.15 pm. The victim’s mother was not home at the time. When she returned, she found her daughter’s mutilated body.

Vijayan recalled that soon after Jisha was murdered, the police team constituted to investigate the case by the previous government drew flak as it was found to be fumbling in the dark. Immediately after the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government came to power, the investigating team was replaced, as a result of which Ameerul was arrested on the 18th day from then and the charge sheet was filed within 90 days.

Jisha’s mother Rajeshwari and sister Deepa welcomed the court order. Rajeshwari said no mothers should be fated to undergo what she had to.

This is the second case within the last two days in Tamil Nadu and Kerala that capital punishment was awarded by courts. A Tiruppur court on Tuesday awarded the death sentence to six out of the eight convicts in the honor killing of Dalit youth V Shankar in Udumalpet town on March 13, 2016.The victim’s father-in-law, Chinnasamy, 44, was among the six convicts sentenced to death in the case.

The victim’s sister and mother outside Ernakulam district court after the verdict on Thursday

Kerala Dalit law student’s rape-murder: Convict Ameer ul Islam sentenced to death

Ameer ul Islam, a migrant worker from Assam, was convicted of raping and torturing to death a 29-year-old woman in Kerala’s Ernakulam.

INDIA Updated: Dec 14, 2017 12:57 IST

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
An activist of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) speaks during a protest against the rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Kerala in New Delhi on May 4, 2016
An activist of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) speaks during a protest against the rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Kerala in New Delhi on May 4, 2016(AP File Photo)

A local court in Kerala’s Ernakulam on Wednesday sentenced a migrant worker from Assam to death for raping and killing a 29-year-old Dalit woman, a brutal crime that triggered widespread protests in the state.

The trial court said while delivering the verdict that it was one of the rarest of the rare cases and Ameer ul Islam never deserved any sympathy. It observed that the accused did not show any remorse after committing the heinous crime and he was a big threat to society.

He was found guilty by the court on Tuesday.

Islam was also sentenced to 14 years in jail and fined of Rs 5 lakh under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. A translator informed him about the details of the verdict and he heard it without any expression.

The mother of the victim said she was happy with the verdict.

“No other girl should undergo such a fate. Such heavy punishment will act as a strong deterrent in curbing mounting crime against women,” she said.

The special investigation team head BS Sandhya, ADGP, said she was also happy that the convict got maximum punishment.

The woman, a Dalit law student from Perumbavur near Kochi, was found murdered in her one-room house on April 28, 2016. The police arrested Islam after groping in the dark for two months.

The trial in the case started in April 2017 and was completed in eight months. As many as 100 witnesses were heard and 291 documents and DNA test reports were presented during the trial.

The prosecution mainly relied on scientific and circumstantial evidence to crack the case in the absence of direct evidence. The investigation team succeeded in recovering the accused’s DNA from the nail clipping of the woman beside bloodstain and saliva found in her clothes she wore on the day she was raped.

The team also managed to retrieve Islam’s DNA from a pair of slippers he left behind after committing the crime.

While delivering the verdict the court also lauded the scientific investigation carried out by the special investigation team.

“The DNA technology and call data records helped to establish the identity of the accused beyond any reasonable doubt,” special judge N Anil Kumar observed in his judgment.

Islam, hailing from Nagaon district of Assam, worked for almost eight years in different parts of the southern state as a labourer. He was living in a small house at least 500 metres away from the woman’s house when he committed the crime.

The prosecution said he stalked her on several occasions and entered her house after ensuring that she was alone at home.

Her mother, a casual labourer, found her dead and disembowelled in her house with more than 30 stab wounds.

The brutality brought back memories of the December 16, 2012, gangrape in Delhi that is regarded as a tipping point for the country’s tolerance of sexual crimes. Like the Delhi case, thousands took to the streets in anger in Kerala after the murder.

Ameerul convicted for Jisha’s rape and murder

TNN | Updated: Dec 13, 2017

Dalit law student Jisha
Dalit law student Jisha

KOCHI: Ameerul Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam, was convicted for the rape and murder of Dalit law student Jisha by Ernakulam principal sessions court on Tuesday. In the judgment, Special Judge N Anil Kumar specifically mentioned the use of scientific methods to prove the case which had grabbed national attention and roiled the political scene in the state.

The use of DNA technology and call data records helped “establish the individual identity of the accused and proving the charges against the accused beyond any reasonable doubt,” the judgment said. The quantum of punishment is likely to be pronounced on Wednesday.

Thirty year-old Jisha was found raped and murdered, and her genitalia mutilated at her two-room house beside a canal in Perumbavoor on April 28, 2016, a case that became prime time television staple across drawing rooms in Kerala for days on end as police and investigators struggled initially to find clues to a gory act that had no witnesses and seemed to lack clear motives.

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Trespass not for any pious purpose: Court

Scientific evidence including DNA reports clearly reveal that the accused was present at residence of the deceased on that fateful day. It was also established that the accused committed rape and murder,” the judgment said.

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The judgment said that there was no explanation for the presence of the accused at the house between 5.30 pm and 6 pm. “Trespass was not for any pious purpose but for committing offences under Section 376 and 302 of the IPC,” the judgment said.

The court found Ameerul guilty of rape (section 376 IPC), murder (section 302 IPC), causing death of the victim of rape (section 376 A), wrongful confinement (section 342 IPC) and house trespass (section 449 IPC). Jisha’s DNA was found on the knife and slippers of Ameerul and were cited as evidence to prove the crime.

However, the court, which commended chief investigating officer S Sasidharan and his team, observed that the prosecution failed in proving charges under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 as the accused had no requisite knowledge about the caste identity of the survivor. The court also found him not guilty of destruction of evidence under Section 201of IPC.

The court trial lasted 85 days since the hearing began on April 4. The prosecution completed examination of 100 witnesses, including 15 migrant labourers. The prosecution presented 290 documents and 36 material evidences to back the case. “The prosecution was successful in proving all charges against Ameerul which would fetch him the maximum punishment,” NK Unnikrishnan, special public prosecutor, said.

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Kerala law student rape-murder: Victim’s father, a witness in the case, found dead near his home

Three months ago, another witness in the case was found dead in his house.

The father of a law student in Kerala, who was allegedly raped and murdered near her home in Perumbavoor in April 2016, was found dead on Thursday, The Times of India reported.

Paappu’s relatives told the police that he had been ill for a few months. They said he collapsed around 100 metres from his house in Cherukunnam, near Kochi, on Thursday. The police have filed a case of unnatural death, the Deccan Chronicle reported.

“His relatives alerted us after he collapsed, but by the time a policeman reached the spot, he had already died,” The Times of India quoted Kuruppampady Police Sub-inspector Sunil Thomas as saying.

Paappu was one of the witnesses examined by the Ernakulam Principal Additional Sessions Court in the case. A witness list of 30 individuals includes the name of former Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, according to The Times of India.

His death comes as the final hearing of the rape and murder case of the 29-year-old woman begins. The trial court has completed cross examining the accused, Ameerul Islam.

Three months ago, another witness in the case, one Sabu Mathai, was also found dead in his home.

The 29-year-old law student, was found dead near her house on April 28, 2016. The autopsy report showed she was tortured with a sharp instrument. The final report also confirmed that her attackers tried to rape her. Her body had more than 30 wounds. The police had cordoned off her house and declared it a crime scene only a week after the murder.

The state and the police were accused of poorly handling the case, which caused massive outrage and protests in the days that followed the woman’s death.

The law student’s mother had alleged that her daughter had complainedto the police for more than a year about being harassed, but her complaints were ignored.

Jisha murder case: Father of victim found dead near Perumbavoor in Kerala

By Express News Service  |   Published: 10th November 2017 01:42 AM  |

Last Updated: 10th November 2017

KOCHI: The trial in the sensational Jisha murder case is heading towards conclusion. However, Pappu, Jisha’s father, will not be able to hear the final judgment. On Thursday, the 65-year-old was found dead around 75 m from his house near Cherukunnam in Odakkaly near Perumbavoor, according to the Kuruppampady Police. He had been ailing for a while.“As per the statements of local residents, the deceased had shown signs of uneasiness around 10.30 am.

His relatives informed the police and a policeman was sent to the spot. However, Pappu had breathed his last by the time the policeman reached,” said police officers. Kuruppampady CI K R Manoj said initial inquiry suggested natural death.“However, we have carried out an inquest and sent the body for autopsy at Ernakulam Government Medical College Hospital. The body will be handed over to relatives on Friday after postmortem,” Manoj said. A case of unnatural death has been registered.

Jisha’s sister Deepa also reached the spot after hearing of her father’s demise. Officers said Pappu had been living alone despite being ill and was looked after by a palliative care organisation for some time.

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Though Jisha’s mother Rajeswari and sister Deepa received financial assistance from the state government, Pappu did not receive any share. Pappu was one of the witnesses examined by the Ernakulam Principal Additional Sessions Court in the rape and murder of his daughter. Three months ago, Sabu Mathai, a mahasar witness in the case,  was also found dead at his residence

Noose for six, including father-in-law, in honour-killing of Dalit engineer in Tamil Nadu

Sankar’s widow vowed that she will continue to fight legally against those who walked free in the case. That includes her mother and uncle.

December 12, 2017
V Sankar Kausalya
V Sankar (left) was brutally hacked to death last year. Wife Kausalya (right) was injured in the attack.Twitter

The Tirupur Principal District and Sessions Judge on Tuesday, November 12, awarded death penalty to six people in the sensational honour killing of a 23-year-old dalit man in March 2016. The death convicts include the father-in-law of the young victim.

The court also sent a convict to life imprisonment and another accused involved in the murder got five years of jail term,The Indian Express reported.

V sankar, an engineer, was hacked to death in TN’s Udumalpet in March last year for marrying a woman belonging to another caste.

A video of the murder had surfaced on social media, creating an outrage across Tamil Nadu. The video showed a group of bike-borne men attacking the couple before fleeing from the scene.

Sankar was walking along with his 19-year-old wife Kausalya, when the men attacked the duo with sharp weapons. It had been eight months since the couple got married.

Kausalya who now lives with Sankar’s family said, “I had waited for more than one and half years to get justice. The judgment has increased my belief in judiciary.”

Sankar and Kausalya had gone against the wish of the latters’ family and got married. Following this, the bride’s family members, who had political clout as they belonged to the influential Thevar caste, were unhappy.

Of the six found guilty by the court, Kausalya’s father, who had been listed as the main accused,  has been sentenced to death. The young widow’s mother Annalakshmi, an acquaintance identified as Prasanna and Uncle Pandi Thurai were acquitted in the case.

It is observed that this is the first time a trail court is handing out death sentence in an honour killing incident.   Kausalya said, “It shows that the trial court approached the case differently. So the judgment will serve as an example in all honour killing cases.”

She added, “It is for the first time in the county such a strong verdict has been pronounced in an honour killing case. So our wait did not go in vain.”

“I would appeal against the acquittal of three of the 11 accused,” Kausalya said, referring to the acquittal of her mother and 2 others.

Six sentenced to death for killing TN Dalit

Tirupur: In the strongest ever verdict against hate crimes in the country, a court in Tirupur on Tuesday sentenced six people to death for the 2016 murder of Dalit youth V Shankar.

The 22-year-old youth was murdered by a gang on March 13, 2016 for marrying a non-Dalit girl Kausalya. Her father Chinnaswamy was among the six to face the capital punishment. Three of the 11 accused, including Annalakshmi, Kausalya’s mother, and Pandithurai, her uncle, were let off for want of evidence. Two others were sentenced to life imprisonment and five years rigorous imprisonment respectively.

CCTV footage showing the murder in broad daylight on a busy stretch near a bus stand when a gang attacked Shankar and Kausalya with sickles had sent shock waves across the country. Kausalya suffered grievous injuries in the attack. The footage helped nab the assailants.

Honour killing: Victim’s wife wants her mom punished

Pronouncing the verdict, principal district and sessions judge Alamelu Natarajan said B Chinnasamy, 40, father of Kausalya would get the death penalty for murder and 10 years for criminal conspiracy, besides three years for other charges, including attempt to murder Kausalya.

Of the remaining 10 accused, five men – P Jegadeesan, 31, M Manikandan, 25, P Selvakumar, 25, P Kalai Tamilvanan, 25, and M Madan alias Michael, 25 – were sentenced to death. The prosecution said the five were hired by Chinnaswamy to execute the murder. The five, as well as Chinnaswamy, were found guilty under section of 302 the IPC and the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 2015.

Moments before she delivered the judgment in the packed court around noon, Judge Alamelu asked Chinnasamy what was the punishment he thought he deserved for the offence. Chinnaswamy, clad in white dhoti and shirt, replied that he was in no way connected with the murder. Judge Alamelu said the court has found him guilty of masterminding the murder and her question was only about the punishment he deserved. “Give me minimum punishment,” Chinnaswamy, a money lender, said. “I have a college going son,” he added.

The judge moved on to the other accused and posed the same question to them. All the other accused too claimed innocent and sought minimum punishment. U Sankaranayaran, special public prosecutor, told the court that all the accused deserved death sentence as the murder was diabolically planned and cruelly executed, falling in the rarest of rare category.

At the end of the argument, which lasted a few minutes more, the judge pronounced the verdict sentencing the six to death. In the case of K Stephen Dhanraj, 29, another hireling, the trial court given him life imprisonment. Importantly, the court directed not to release him in remission, but to be remained behind bars for the rest of his life. M Manikandan, another hireling, was ordered to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment. Amid tight security, all 11 accused were brought to the court in the morning.

The court also ordered a compensation of Rs 11.95 lakh to Kausalya and Shankar’s family. Welcoming the verdict, Kausalya Shankar, 22, said her fight for justice for her husband was not over until the three persons acquitted, including her mother, were punished. “I hold a different view on capital punishment, but the judgment has firmed up my belief in judiciary.’’

6 get death penalty in TN honour killing case of a Dalit man

Chennai, DHNS: A local court in Tirupur district has sentenced six persons to death in an honour killing case.

One of those sentenced to death is Chinnasamy – the father of S Kausalya whose husband Shankar was hacked to death in Tirupur in 2016.

One person was given life imprisonment while another got five years’ jail term.

However, Kausalya’s mother S Annalakshmi, who was also accused in the murder case, and two more persons were acquitted by the court.

The couple – Shankar and Kausalya – were attacked by a gang with lethal weapons in March in Udumalpet after their inter-caste wedding.

According to the prosecution, Chinnasamy hired a gang to murder Shankar. The Tamil Nadu Police had chargesheeted 11 persons as accused, including the girl’s parents, her maternal uncle and others.

Hailing the judgement, Kausalya said she would continue to fight even if the accused approach a higher court.

Kerala Dalit woman’s rape-murder: Accused convicted, sentencing Wednesday

The prosecution has said that the convict should be given a death sentence since the brutality in the crime made it a ‘rarest of rare’ case.

INDIA Updated: Dec 12, 2017

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
An activist of All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) speaks during a protest against the rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Kerala in New Delhi on May 4, 2016.
An activist of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) speaks during a protest against the rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Kerala in New Delhi on May 4, 2016.(AP file photo)

The man accused of raping and torturing to death a 29-year-old woman in Kerala’s Ernakulam last year was convicted by a trial court on Tuesday amid demands for capital punishment.

The crime took place on April 28, 2016 and triggered widespread protests in the state, turning into a political issue as well since Kerala was at the time about to vote for a new government.

Ameer ul Islam, a migrant worker from Assam, was caught 50 days after what began as a near-blind case.

The woman, a Dalit and the daughter of a casual labourer, was found dead, disembowelled in her house with more than 30 stab wounds.

The brutality brought back memories of the December 16, 2014 gangrape in Delhi that is regarded as a tipping point for the country’s tolerance of sexual crimes. Like the Delhi case, thousands took to the streets in anger in Kerala after the murder.

The court found Islam guilty of murder, rape, destruction of evidence and crimes under the SC/ST Act.

The trial started in April 2017 and was completed in eight months. As many as 100 witnesses were heard and 291 documents and DNA test reports were presented.

After Islam’s arrest, police said he was a drug addict and suffering from serious sexual disorders.

Justice for Jisha: Ameer ul-Islam found guilty of rape and murder of Kerala law student

The law student, who hails from Perumbavoor, was found dead in her house after being brutally raped on April 28, 2016.

December 12, 2017

Jisha, Amir-Ul-Islam
Jisha and Amir-Ul-IslamFacebook

The Ernakulam Principal Sessions court in Ernakulam, Kerala, on Tuesday, December 12, declared that the only accused Ameer ul-Islam (Amir ul-Islam), a migrant worker from Assam, is guilty in the infamous Jisha rape and murder case. The accused was brought to the court at around 10 am.

Read more: Kerala student was beaten savagely, sexually assaulted, similar to the Delhi bus gang rape, reveals post-mortem

The court found Ameer guilty of all charges except for destroying evidence and violations under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. The quantum of punishment is expected to be pronouced by the court on Wednesday.

The sessions court had completed the hearing in the sensational case on December 6. The prosecution had described it as the rarest of rare case and the police team had questioned more than 2,000 people.

A blood-stained footwear was found in a canal near Jisha’s residence which helped the investigation team to identify the culprit.

Amir ul-Islam, Ameer ul-Islam, Jisha Murder case
Jisha Murder case accused Ameer ul-Islam then and nowManorama News/Screenshot

Meanwhile, Jisha’s mother KK Rajeswari has demanded death penalty for the accused and expressed hope that her daughter will finally get justice.

Must check: Jisha murder case: All you need to know

The law student, who hails from Perumbavoor, was found dead in her house after being brutally raped on April 28, 2016. The shocking incident was then found similar to the infamous 2012 Delhi gang-rape as more than 30 injuries were found on the body of the victim.

According to the post-mortem report, the 29-year-old was beaten savagely with a sharp weapon that pulled out her intestines. Two sides of her chest were also found pierced using a sharp knife and the killer had also thrust an iron rod in her genitals.

Kerala court finds Assam worker guilty in rape-murder case

Kochi: Ameerul Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam, was convicted for the rape and murder of Dalit law student Jisha by Ernakulam principal sessions court on Tuesday. In the judgment, Special Judge N Anil Kumar specifically mentioned the use of scientific methods to prove the case which had grabbed national attention and roiled the political scene in the state.

The use of DNA technology and call data records helped “establish the individual identity of the accused and proving the charges against the accused beyond any reasonable doubt,” the judgment said. The quantum of punishment is likely to be pronounced on Wednesday. Thirty year-old Jisha was found raped and murdered, and her genitalia mutilated at her two-room house beside a canal in Perumbavoor on April 28, 2016, a case that became prime time television staple across drawing rooms in Kerala for days on end as police and investigators struggled initially to find clues to a gory act that had no witnesses and seemed to lack clear motives.

“Scientific evidence including DNA reports clearly reveal that the accused was present at residence of the deceased on that fateful day. It was also established that the accused committed rape and murder,” the judgment said.The judgment said that there was no explanation for the presence of the accused at the house between 5.30 pm and 6 pm. “Trespass was not for any pious purpose but for committing offences under Section 376 and 302 of the IPC,” the judgment said.

The court found Ameerul guilty of rape, murder, causing death of the victim of rape, wrongful confinement (section 342 IPC) and house trespass (section 449 IPC). Jisha’s DNA was found on the knife and slippers of Ameerul and were cited as evidence to prove the crime. However, the court, found him not guilty of destruction of evidence under Section 201of IPC.

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