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Jisha Murder Case

Some Hard Questions

The brutal rape and killing of Jisha, a Dalit law student in Kerala on 28 April 2016, leads to the question of what the method is to prevent the many other “Jishas-in-waiting,” and whether both teachers and students on campus can put their heads together to build a system of “student community-caring” so that another woman student does not meet a similar fate.

Lina Acca Mathew ( is a PhD Scholar at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and also teaches at the Government Law College, Ernakulam, Kerala.

Jisha, a Dalit student of the Government Law College, Ernakulam in Kerala was brutally raped and murdered on 28 April 2016. As the mainstream media houses were busy with the assembly polls scheduled for 16 May 2016, her murder did not get much attention until her college mates actively intervened, and brought nationwide attention to the incident, especially through the social media. The local police did not even ensure that the crime scene was guarded till the completion of the inquest report. A report of the health department stated that the forensic department had failed to complete the procedures related to the autopsy of the rape victim.

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Updated On : 30th Jan, 2017
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