Jisha’s Murder Connected To Shady Land Deals, Police Find Evidence

Society seems dysfunctional without class structures. It is the very structures of oppression that turns the lives of the oppressed communities in the world upside down. The is one of the many cases that corroborates this grim reality. A detailed probe into the brutal rape and murder of Jisha, 29 year old Dalit law student on the night of April 28, has revealed that the law student was trying to help about fifty families living on the banks of a canal. Jisha, a native of Perumbakoovar, was aware that their settlement was under stake, because real estate dealers had made land deals that would eventually result in the eviction of the families who were allegedly living on public property for nearly thirty years and had no legal documents to defend themselves and their right over the land. The previous day she had traveled to Kothamangalam, leaving her house at 11 a.m. and returning at 1:30 p.m. Witnesses claimed she was seen in a private bus somewhere between Perumbavoor and Kothamangalam. Jisha’s mother Rajeshwari said that her daughter was out seeking financial assistance from former neighbours and people she had known for completion of the house construction. Forensic reports have revealed that she had eaten outside and there were traces of alcohol found which may suggest that she was drugged. The investigating team has been monitoring the goons whose names are tied up with the real estate agents. A local man from Perumbavoor arrested from a house in Kanjikuzhi a month back, has a resemblance with a sketch of the suspects. The injury marks on his body and his resemblance with a person revealed in a footage of a CCTV camera of Kottayam Medical College who had come to the hospital for treatment was enough evidence to frame him as a potential rapist. The suspect is taken into custody that comprises a special investigating team led by additional director general of police B.Sandhya. Statements from witnesses have revealed that the goon with political ties suspected of aiding and abetting was seen in an autorickshaw with another man on the night of April 28. Pictures of three unidentified men on her phone also serve as evidence, and migrant labourers are suspected though the police have not received satisfactory information from agents who bring migrant labourers to Perumbavoor. Jisha’s father K.V. Pappu has met the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Thiruvanthapuram to seek action against the police who he claims to have fabricated evidence in the murder case. The three suspended, Deputy Superintendent of Police K.Anil Kumar, Kuruppampadi, circle inspector K.N. Rajesh, and sub-inspector Sony Mathai have admitted that their aim was to assist VIPS who allegedly have links to the murder. The Kerala police has accumulated DNA evidence from the accused. The DNA obtained from the skin cells under Jisha’s nails and the blood stains on the door hook matches with the bite marks on the victim’s body. The evidence also suggests that the accused was also attacked in the process. The News Minute revealed disturbing insights into the life and circumstances she had to put up with. The house where Jisha used to live with her mother Rajeshwari was given to K.V.Pappu’s family when Indira Gandhi was in office. According to Jisha’s sister Deepa the neighbours had ostracised them from their society. Rajeshwari stated that the neighbours had destroyed their water pipes and they were forced to draw water from a canal. She also said because her husband abandoned them, the absence of a man in their lives has made them vulnerable. Neighbours and strangers have harassed her daughters and the police had never taken heed of their complaints. In turn, the neighbours stated that Jisha’s family did not socialise with others and that Rajeshwari had a reputation of abusing her neighbours . The murder had sparked an outrage and had called for a protest meeting by Dalit-Adivasi Pouravakasha Samrakshana Samithy. Convener M.Geethanandan said to The Indian Express : “Dalit organisations are of the view that it is the lackadaisical attitude of the police that sabotaged most of the cases related to violence against dalit woman, and that Jisha’s case is not different. As many as 30 dalit organisations came together and formed the Dalit-Adivasi Pouravakasha Samrakshana Samithy to launch an indefinite strike.” He added that the police seldom used scientific methods to solve crimes against persons belonging to the marginalised classes.


Report by Swastisha Mukherjee

Edited by Manisha 

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