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Justice For Jisha: Ameerul Islam Sentenced To Death For Rape And Murder

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| December 14 , 2017 , 17:49 IST

Justice may have taken time, but finally arrived in the case of the rape and murder of Jisha, who was killed in Kerala last year in April. After 85 days of trials, the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court on Thursday sentenced 23-year-old Ameerul Islam to death for the rape and murder of Jisha.

Ameerul, a migrant worker from Assam, had been convicted for the crime on Tuesday, found guilty under Sections 376 (rape), 302 (murder), 449 (trespassing into house) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC.

Prosecution advocate N K Unnikrishnan said, “This was a brutal murder that shocked the conscience of Kerala. The society wanted the highest punishment for the convict. We are happy that we were able to get the harshest punishment awarded to him by the court.”

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The 29-year-old Jisha, a Dalit law student studying at the Ernakulam’s Government Law College was raped and murdered on April 28, 2016 at her residence in Kuruppampadi area. She was found with severe injuries, out of which many were inflicted after she was murdered.

The brutal incident triggered massive outrage from the public and also rocked the Kerala legislative assembly, leading to questions about the safety of women in the state.

Ameerul was arrested 49 days later and was the lone accused in the case. A Special Investigation Team set up to probe the case filed a 1,500-page chargesheet on September 17, 2016. The court completed hearing on the case earlier this year.

ADGP B Sandhya, the lead investigating officer said to reporters, “We have worked very hard to collect all the evidence. It’s our professional dharma to accept whatever the court rules. We are happy with the judgment.”