Student rape and murder: Kerala court convicts migrant labourer

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12 Dec 2017

A court here today found a migrant labourer from Assam guilty of raping and murdering a 30-year-old Dalit law student in Kerala last year.

Ernakulam principal sessions court judge N Anil Kumar will pronounce the quantum of punishment on Wednesday after hearing the version of the prosecution and the defence. Muhammed Ameerul Islam was found guilty under various sections of the IPC including 449 (house-trespass in order to commit offence punishable with death), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 302 (murder), 376 (rape) 376 (A) (causing death or causes the woman to be in persistent vegetative state while committing rape). The accused, however, was not found guilty under 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and various sections under SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) amendment Act 2015 as the guilty was not in knowledge of the victim's caste. The court praised the probe team for using scientific methods to establish the role of Islam in the crime.

The investigation team had used methods like DNA technology and verification of call record details to prove Ameerul's involvement in the crime. The court also lauded the special public prosecutor and his team for conducting the case in a professional manner. Welcoming the verdict, the victim's mother said the convict be given maximum punishment of death sentence. "No girl should meet such a fate. It has been proved scientifically that Islam is the one who had committed the heinous crime. He should be hanged to send out a strong message to such elements," she told newspersons outside the court. She said she would appeal in the higher court if the punishment was less than death sentence. Additional Director General of Police (ADG) B Sandhya, who led the probe, welcomed the verdict. She said the investigation team displayed professional skills in carrying out the probe scientifically.

Special public prosecutor N Unnikrishnan said the prosecution would seek maximum punishment for the convict as scientific investigation has established that he was the one who committed the heinous crime. Defence lawyer B A Aloor said justice was denied for Islam in the case. He said he would try to save Islam from death sentence. The court had on December 6 completed hearing in the case and posted it for today for pronouncement of judgement. Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam and the lone accused in the case, was charged with brutally raping and murdering the woman, a law student, at nearby Perumbavoor on April 28, 2016. He was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules. As many as 100 witnesses were examined during the trial, which commenced in April last.