Justice for Jisha: Centre ready for CBI probe into Kerala student's rape and murder, says Rajnath Singh
Kollam: Amid growing dissent over the alleged rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dalit law student in Kerala's Perumbavoor, the Centre on Friday said that it is ready for a CBI probe into the case.
Centre is ready for CBI probe, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
"CBI probe should be held into the murder. As the country's Home Minister, I assure you that as soon as we get a recommendation (in this regard) from the state government, we are prepared to conduct a CBI probe," Singh, who began electioneering for the May 16 Assembly polls in Kerala, said at a public meeting here, about 16 km from Kollam city.
The Home Minister said the guilty will be brought to book. "I assure you that the guilty shall be punished," he said.
The Home Minister's remarks assume significance with the investigation by Kerala Police not making much headway even several days after the incident.
The brutal rape and murder of the Dalit law students has drawn parallels with the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case of Delhi, triggering severe protests vin poll-bound Kerala.
The victim 'Jisha' was found lying dead in a pool of blood on April 28 at her home near a canal in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam by her mother who works as a casual labourer.
Her body was badly mutilated; there were injuries on her private parts, according to the police. The police later registered a case of rape and murder and detained three people for questioning.
The incident triggered protests and demonstrations in state capital Thiruvananthapuram with many covering their mouths with black handkerchiefs and carrying placards demanding justice for the victim.