By SM.12 Dec, 2017
Kochi: A court in Ernakulam on Tuesday convicted M Ameerul Islam, a native of Assam, in the sensational rape and murder case of Dalit woman Jisha in Kerala last year.
The court found Ameerul guilty of all charges except for destruction of evidence, and violations under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. The court said that the charges under Sections 449 (trespass), 342 (wrongful confinement), 376 (rape) and 302 (murder) had been proved.
The victim’s mother Rajeswari had during one of the trial sessions said accused Ameer Ul Islam should be hanged till death.
“I am looking forward to the day(when the perpetrator will be executed). The accused should be meted out the same brutal treatment that he had forced my child to endure. The cruel fellow must experience the suffering that he inflicted on my poor girl,” the grief-stricken mother said.
Jisha, a law student, was brutally raped and murdered at her home on April 28, 2016.
Sabu Mathai, a neighbour of the victim, had been under the police radar since the murder came to light. Mathai was made mahazar witness after investigators recovered the slippers of the lone accused Ameerul Islam from a nearby canal. However, he was omitted from the trial proceedings by the court.
He was one among the suspects who were taken into custody during the initial stage of the probe.
Hence, he was taken into custody and subjected to interrogation several times after the incident.
The brutal rape and murder of Jisha would have ended differently if the nine member team of students of Government Law College, Ernakulam hadn’t taken to the social media. The campaign launched by the students in the social media with the hash tag #justiceforjisha created a big furore forcing the government to act.