In yet another horrific crime in the city, the body of a 19-year-old woman has been found in Koyambedu, nearly two weeks after she went missing. Viyalvizhi, a nursing student from Virudhachalam who had come to Chennai to study, had gone missing from her apartment in Choolaimedu in Chennai on April 6.
On Wednesday, the Choolaimedu police found her decomposed body in a plastic sack near the Koyambedu vegetable and fruit market. Residents in the area had spotted her body after a foul stench emanated from the garbage sacks dumped along with it.
According to the police, Viyalvizhi’s body has decomposed, and are waiting for the post mortem to establish when she was killed.
Speaking to TNM, an investigating officer said that she was murdered by a neighbour, Ajith Kumar.
“Ajith Kumar was unemployed and he wanted money. She was his neighbour and he was after her for her earrings. When she refused to give them to him, he murdered her,” the police said. Ajith Kumar has been remanded to judicial custody.
On April 6, Viyalvizhi left the apartment where she was staying and did not return home. When her parents tried to call her, her mobile was switched off. Worried, they filed a missing persons complaint at the Choolaimedu police station.
Earlier in the day, the Madras High Court expressed concern over the increasing rate of crimes against women and children in the state. The observation was made during a case that relates to the inefficient use of the Nirbhaya fund, a government owned Rs 10 billion corpus for the safety of women in the country.
The court observed that it was disturbed by the increasing rate of crimes such as theft, chain snatching and murder against women who live alone. The court also ordered the government to submit a comprehensive report on the various categories and numbers of crimes against women within a week.