Protests demanding justice for Walayar sisters intensify all over Kerala and beyond
Kozhikode: Protests demanding justice for the two minor sisters who were raped and found hanging in Walayar, have intensified all over the state. Various political parties, student organizations and youth outfits have taken out to the street. Also the social media is flooded with calls for justice in forms of DPs and hashtags.
On 2017, January 13 the 13-year-old elder sister was found hanging at the house while on March 4, the 9-year-old younger sister was found hanging in similar circumstances.
The probe was conducted and accused were arrested after their postmortem report said that both were subjected to sexual abuse. However, the prosecution failed to establish the crime in the court following which all the accused were let off for want of evidence.
Following this, protests and call for justice started. Actors like Prithviraj, Tovino and Unni MUkundan had responded on the issue. Actor Santhosh Keezhattoor staged a monodrama seeking justice to the victims.
UDF has called for a hartal in Palakkad district on November 5, in protest of government’s non approval for CBI probe in the case.
UDF convener Benny Behanan, after visiting the family of the girls, told media that "Even though the post mortem report clearly mentioned of sexual abuse, portraying the deaths as suicide were to protect many highly placed individuals."
Meanwhile, BJP is staging a 100-hour satyagraha in Walayar demanding re-investigation into the case. The protest was inaugurated by Kummanam Rajasekharan.
“The present situation in Kerala demands prosecuting of the prosecution. There should be a CBI probe. The SC/ST commission, child rights commission and women’s commission are with the defendants,” he alleged.
Yuva Morcha conducted a march to the Secretariat demanding justice for Walayar girls. Police obstructed this leading to a clash. Water canons were used to disburse the protestors.
AISF also conducted a Secretariat march demanding re-investigation in the case.