Lone Accused Of Jisha Rape-Murder Case Ameer ul-Islam is Pronounced Guilty

Lone Accused Of Jisha Rape-Murder Case Ameer ul-Islam is Pronounced Guilty: A court here on Tuesday pronounced Ameer ul-Islam, the lone accused in the sensational rape and murder of a Kerala Dalit woman, guilty. Jisha, 30-year-old law student, was found dead at her one-room house in Perumbavoor in 2016.

Ernakulam Principal District and Sessions Court had on December 6 completed the hearing in the case and posted it on Tuesday for pronouncement of judgment. Muhammed Ameer ul-Islam, a migrant laborer from Assam and the lone accused in the case, has been charged with brutally raping and murdering Jisha, a 30-year-old law student, at nearby Perumbavoor on April 28, 2016.

Lone Accused Of Jisha Rape-Murder Case Ameer ul-Islam is Pronounced Guilty

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. Mother of the girl is demanding death penalty for the culprit.

The prosecution has described it as a rarest of rare case. The mother of the victim on Monday expressed hope that justice will be delivered in the case. She demanded capital punishment for the accused. Islam, who had left Perumbavoor soon after allegedly committing the crime, was arrested from Kancheepuram in neighboring Tamil Nadu, 50 days after the gruesome incident. The woman, who hailed from a poor family, was raped and brutally assaulted using sharp-edged weapons before being murdered at her house.

The incident was in focus during the state assembly polls campaign last year with political parties attacking the then Congress-led UDF regime for tardy progress in the probe and failure to nab culprits. The LDF government, after assuming power on May 25, 2016, changed the investigation team and entrusted the probe to ADGP B Sandhya in its first cabinet meeting itself. More than 100 police personnel had questioned over 1,500 people. Fingerprints of over 5,000 people were also examined by the SIT personnel who went through over 20 lakh telephonic conversations before reaching Ameer.

The police have said a blood-stained footwear found from a canal near the victim’s house was one of the key evidence in identifying the culprit.

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