Thursday, September 15, 2016

SC verdict is heart breaking, says Soumya’s mother

THRISSUR: After the Supreme Court judgment over infamous Soumya murder case, Sumathi, mother of the victim blamed the prosecution and the state government for the verdict which acquitted convict Govindachamy in the murder charges that resulted in the commutation of capital punishment into seven-year jail term.

The Supreme Court verdict is heart-breaking, she said, adding, "The government engaged a person who knew nothing about law and the state government totally failed in getting her justice." "I will go to any extent to get proper justice to my daughter," she said.

Govindachamy noticed Soumya travelling alone in the ladies compartment on February 1, 2011, he trespassed into it as the train left Vallathole Nagar and caught hold of her with the intention to commit rape and robbery. As a result of the scuffle, she was dropped out of the moving train. The convict, too, sprang out of the train and returned to the place where Soumya was lying in a daze. He shifted her to a nearby lonely place and, placing her in between two railway tracks and raped her. She was found later after co-passengers alerted the Railways authorities and was admitted to the Medical College Hospital in Thrissur where she succumbed on February 6, 2011. The accused was tried at a fast track court in Thrissur which convicted him for rape and murder and awarded him death penalty.

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