Kochi: A 30-year-old Dalit woman, who was said to be studying law, was allegedly raped and brutally murdered at her residence in Perumbavoor near here, as per media reports.
Jisha was found dead in a pool of blood at 8 PM on April 28 by her mother when she reached her wayside home in Kuruppampadi police limit.
In a chilling reminder of the Delhi gang-rape case, the victims' intestines were found hanging out, reports said.
She also had 30 wounds on her body and is believed to have been brutalised with a sharp instrument.
"It was a brutal murder. There were stab injuries on her body. We suspect she was subjected to smothering and strangulation," Ernakulam Range IG Mahipal Yadav told PTI.
He, however, refused to share details about the investigation.
Police said whether the woman was subjected to sexual assault before or after the murder would be clear only from the post-mortem report.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said that a 'scientific' probe was being conducted into the incident and asserted that the culprits would be brought to book.
(With Agency inputs)