Women's safety concerns persist as murders continue despite seeking police intervention

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Thrissur: The recent murder of Jubi, a 28-year-old resident of Manarcad, serves as a distressing reminder that women's lives remain at risk even after approaching the police seeking justice.

Jubi had filed a complaint stating that her husband and his associates ‘traded’ her through social media. The case was widely covered by the media as ‘wife swapping’. However, not only did the accused evade arrest, but adequate protection was not provided for Jubi and her children. Such incidents highlight a concerning trend where the police fail to take women's complaints seriously, ultimately resulting in tragic consequences.

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On May 3 of this month, Kaduthuruthy native Athira filed a complaint against her ex-boyfriend. The next day, she took her own life after online harassment and humiliation.

On June 9, 2022, 19-year-old Naeema was hacked by Rahnah in Nadapuram. Naeema, a graduate student, had filed a complaint against her assailant due to persistent harassment.

In another incident on January 6, 2020, a nineteen-year-old girl named Akshika was hacked to death by her neighbour, Anu. The fatal attack occurred after Akshika's family had filed a complaint regarding Anu's harassment. Anu killed himself after murdering Akshika.

Lakshmi, a third-year physiotherapy student at Gandhinagar School of Medical Science in Kottayam, had lodged a complaint with the police regarding a senior student who had stalked and threatened her. However, Lakshmi was set on fire by him on February 1, 2017.

It is disheartening to witness a recurring pattern where the police tend to mediate between the involved parties without fully addressing the underlying issues, leading to unresolved cases being prematurely closed.

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