In the latest development in the brutal rape and murder of 30-year-old Dalit law student Jisha in Perumbavoor, the NHRC on Tuesday has taken suo moto cognisance of the incident and asked the state crime branch to investigate the case.

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The NHRC has also asked for a special mobile squad in all districts of the state to protect women from such violent incidents.

This comes after the Additional Chief Secretary had sought a report from the district collector earlier in the day.

Following the detention of the two suspects, Ernakulam Range IG Mahipal Yadav had told the media that one of the suspects was spotted by neighbours going to and fro from the victim’s house. Another two people who are the victim’s friends’ have been detained.

However, Manorama quoted him as saying, "As of now, we can't say whether the persons in custody are the culprits or not. We expect a breakthrough in the case in two days."

ADGP South Zone Padmakumar confirmed the victim was raped and categorically ruled out the possibility of a gang rape.

On April 28, Jisha’s body was found in a pool of blood at her one-room residence by her mother when she returned home at 8:30PM on April 28.

According to police sources, the autopsy report shows that the victims’ intestines were ripped out and she had 30 wounds on her body as she was attacked with sharp objects including two deep stab wounds on the chest. She is said to have been killed on April 28 between 2 PM-5PM. 

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