Thiruvananthapuram: The Walayar rape case, in which two minor sisters belonging to the Dalit community were raped and allegedly killed, became sensational in Kerala when all the accused were let off by the court. The accused were members of CPI(M) and it was alleged that the police and the prosecution helped them escape the law.
After the incident raised a huge hue and cry in the state, the government has now relented and dismissed the Public Prosecutor for inefficiency in handling the case. Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, told the Assembly that he had signed the order dismissing the Public Prosecutor, Latha Jayaraj.
The government will also examine if there were any lapses in the investigation and more actions will be taken against the erring officials. The government has also decided to support the parents of the victims if they approach the court demanding a CBI inquiry.
The case occurred in 2017, when two sisters aged 13 and 9 were found hanging in their home two months apart. The postmortem report revealed that they were sexually assaulted.
Though, the police arrested three persons in connection with the case – V. Madhu, Shibu, and M. Madhu, they were let off by the POCSO court. There was wide criticism that the court had to let them off as the police carried out a shoddy investigation and the prosecution did a poor job.
The mother accused the police that even though the postmortem revealed that the first child was sexually assaulted, there was no investigation into it.