Public outrage intensified in Kerala after all the three accused, including CPI(M) members, in the Walayar rape and murder case acquitted by the First Class Additional Sessions Judge, Palakkad.
Demanding re-investigation, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said that what happened in Walayar rape case is sabotage similar to Kathua, Unnao cases.
The shocking incident happened two years back. Two young girls, sisters, were found hanging in the same place in their single-room house in Wayalar in Palakkad within a gap of three months. The elder one was 13 and the younger one 9.
The death of the minor girls had sent shock waves across the state. But after two years, the acquittal of the three accused has been even more shocking. The three accused -- V Madhu (27) M Madhu (27) and Shibu (43) -- were acquitted for lack of evidence.
The Opposition has claimed that the accused were shielded by the ruling Left Democratic Front, an allegation first raised by the mother of two sisters soon after the acquittal. She had also alleged that police tried to sabotage the probe.
Public alleged lapses in the investigation in the case. The first lapse occurred when the police did not take the post-mortem report on the elder girl seriously.
Sub Inspector Chacko had been suspended over the lapse. There was even an investigation into the alleged police lapses. But none of it could help make the case stronger, eventually allowing the accused to walk free.
After the acquittal many have begun to call out the lapses in the initial investigation, and subsequent follow-up by the prosecution. Now the demand for re-investigation has been raised and home department’s attitude in protecting erring police officials in cases has been refuted.