Horrific murder of Kerala ‘Untouchable’ sparks outrage and protest


The despicable rape and murder of a woman occurred May 4th 2016 which lead to angry demonstrations which were dispersed by police from Kerala using batons and brute force. It happened after the mutilated body of a student from the Dalit community (whom under the discriminatory caste system falls under an ‘Untouchable‘) was found, mutilated in her home.

The student murdered was 30 years old and she was found in her house by her mother , her body had several stab wounds, and her intestines had been pulled out during the attack. Attacks like these have increased threefold in the last 4 years and the sheer lack of police enforcement to resolve issues or even hold people accountable has ignited anger and fueled protest.

Furthermore, the police have released a sketch of a suspect and said they were looking for a man seen leaving the victim’s home. The police mentioned that they can understand peoples reaction but also that they have very little evidence to find the accused. However, it is clear that India has a problem with protecting it’s citizens and justice is a pleasure not many people are afforded.

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Angry protesters calling for police reform

Protests were held outside the hospital where the victim’s body had been taken.

Unfortunately, this tragedy is part of the routine of the majority of the Indian women. The statistics are alarming, every 22 minutes an Indian woman is raped. That means that in 2014, 92 women were rape per day (without taking in account all the Indian women that decided to remain silent and do not report the attacks). Aren’t the statistics alarming?
The National Crime Bureau of India reported in the year 2014 337,922 cases of aggression against women, and rape being one of the biggest social and security problems for the women in India.

It seems as if only the most horrific and gruesome cases make the international headlines and the standout factor in this case is that many protesters argue that it is the caste of the victim an ‘Untouchable’ which lead to the initial apathy in the Kerala Police Department. The justice system in India is renown for being lethargic and lagging in resolve and cases of rape seem to be one of the biggest problems. Three and a half years ago on 16 December 2012 a young woman named Jyoti Singh was brutally gang-raped and murdered after being lured onto a privately-hired bus in the sub-continents capital city New Delhi.

Asha Singh, mother of rape victim Jyoti Singh, and her sister in law Savitri Devi

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Protests over Jyoti Singh’s murder 

Similarly, critics of the Indian justice system argue that there is blatant inconsistencies with efforts and attempts by police and other authorities when situations are regarding minorities in the Indian community. Singh was a Sikh who’s independent religions followers only make up 2.5% of it’s population and are predominantly in the Punjab region.

Although the rape is in itself something disgusting and inhumane and an act most people consider to be random, the News Agency Reuters reported that 90% of the sexual assaults are committed by people known to the victim. “Across the world, it’s well known that stranger rape is not really the problem, and the majority of rapes are committed by people known to the victims,” said Ranjana Kumari, director of the Centre for Social Research, a Delhi-based women’s rights organisation.

Has the human lost all its humanity and fond? What is going on so wrong in this economic and democratic power state so that a father, uncle or cousin decides to rape and traumatize some member of its family? Is not family a synonym of protection and security?
This general issue affects every woman in India, but specially the Dalits women (women who belong to the lowest caste system). This women are deal with a specially cruelty and are consider the ‘slaves of slaves’ since their born in this chauvinist and traditional society. Statistics are sufficient for finding a solution to this new pandemic: UNO reported that every day, four or five Dalit women are raped.





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