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NCW says Kerala govt failed to protect Dalit woman

National Commission for Women alleged govt and police for lackadaisical and apathetic behavior

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Publish Date: May 18 2016 1:38PM | Updated Date: May 18 2016 1:38PM

NCW says Kerala govt failed to protect Dalit woman

Kerala rose up in fury against Dalit girl's rape and murder

 
 
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has indicted that the Kerala government and police of the state showcased lackadaisical and apathetic behavior and failed to protect the 30-year-old Dalit woman who was brutally raped and murdered earlier this month. 
 
Mincing no words, the commission in its report submitted on May 13 held that as Kerala is going into elections, the administration and police is functioning under some undue influence and that there is a likelihood of the investigation not being conducted as rigorously as possible due to electoral considerations.
 
The commission has slammed the Kerala police for ignoring threats reported by deceased's mother and elder sister. The mother had, on different occasions fought with the local Panchayat leader's brother-in-law who belong to the Left front.
 
The police had ignored to inquire into this avenue and interrogate the man in question as he appeared to be resourceful and politically well-connected person, the report reads. 
 
On its visit the NCW team found the crime scene was compromised which could have resulted in contamination of fundamental evidence, further weakening the case during trial before the courts.
 
"The post mortem examination was conducted by a post graduate medical student and associate professor had carelessly handled its supervision. It could be seen as failure on the part of forensic experts. There was also no video recording of the process. The police instead of sending the weapon used in the crime for chemical examination, directly submitted it to the court", the report further mentioned.