Three men were detained for the brutal rape-murder of a 29-year-old Dalit law student in Perumbavoor of Ernakulam district, Kerela.
Police said two of the detained suspects were neighbours of the woman, who was alone at home and found in a pool of blood by her mother when she returned from work around 8pm on 28 April.
“We have some leads in the case,” additional DGP K Padmakumar said.
The autopsy revealed she was savagely assaulted with sharp-edged weapons after being raped. The body bore at least 30 cut wounds, her abdomen was slashed and intestines were ripped apart, reports The Hindustan Times.
This incident triggered outrage and has shaken poll-bound state, Kerala. Protest marches were held in Thiruvananthapuram and several others parts of the state Tuesday, five days after the woman, who had completed her law degree, was found dead in her one-room house at Rayamangalam village in Ernakulam district. A social media campaign also started amid allegations of police inaction in the case reports The Indian Express.
The spontaneous and concerted campaign bore a resemblance to a similar movement after a paramedical student was raped and murdered on a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012. That incident forced the Centre to fortify laws against rape with harsher punishment.
The traumatised mother is bedridden in a hospital. “We had complained to police about the danger to our lives. The tragedy could have been averted had they taken timely action,” she said.
It could not be ascertained what dangers the family faced. One of the neighbours is said to be a drug addict, a fact that gives wind to speculation that only psychopaths or people abusing narcotics could have committed such a barbaric act.