Nearly 20 months after 30-year-old Dalit law student Jisha was raped and murdered in her residence, the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court is set to pronounce the verdict on Tuesday.
The brutal murder, which took place on April 28, 2016, triggered massive public outrage, and a pitched debate on the question of womenâ€™s safety in Kerala. One-and-a-half months after the incident and various twists and turns later, the police arrested Ameerul Islam, a migrant worker from Assam. Ameerul is the only accused in the case.
According to the prosecution, Ameerul had barged into Jishaâ€™s house in a drunken state with the intention to sexually assault her, because he knew she was alone at the time. It has argued that Ameerul killed Jisha as she resisted him.
The hearing of the case began on April 4, this year and went on for 85 days. The prosecution presented as many as 195 witnesses, 290 documents and 36 material evidences against Ameer, including DNA reports. The police believe that the evidence is sound enough to nab the accused.
Hereâ€™s all you need to know about the case: Case that shook Keralaâ€™s conscience: Court to give verdict in Jisha rape and murder
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