J&K Horror: Missing 8-year-old Girl Allegedly Raped, Thrashed, Done to Death
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 12: Ameer-ul-Islam, the accused labourer in 30-year-old law student’s rape and murder case, was convicted by a local court in Kochi today. The development came nearly 18 months after Islam brutally raped and murdered a dalit woman in April 2016.
In April 2016, Ameer-ul-Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam, entered the woman’s house with an intention of raping her but killed her when she resisted. Her body was found by her mother in a pool of blood at her house in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district. The woman was found battered with her intestines dangling out from her body.
Islam was arrested 50 days later. A 1,500-page charge sheet was submitted in September 2016 by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case.
The accused was charged under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 302 (murder), 376 (Rape) 376 (A) (causing death or causes the woman to be in a persistent vegetative state while committing rape). The woman’s mother, who had to spend days recovering from the shock of her daughter’s rape and murder, had demanded capital punishment for the accused.
Lasy year, the Jisha rape and murder case had become the centre point during the state assembly elections. The political parties had then attacked then ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front for slow progress in the Jisha rape and murder case. The fact that the woman struggled with her daughter in a one-room flat without a toilet also invited massive protests across Kerala.
However, the Left Democratic Front (Kerala) government, which gained power, changed the investigation team in its first cabinet meeting itself. The investigation team questioned over 1,500 people and examined as many as 100 witnesses in the case.