Jisha’s Murder - Criminal Negligence by the Police

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan

By portraying masked policemen as the criminals involved in the cruel murder of Jisha in Perumbavoor and photographing them, the police force has been put to shame.

The criminals were able to escape only because of the criminal negligence of the police following Jisha’s murder. Humanists are enraged at this abject neglect. News of the criminals being nabbed was circulated and policemen from the Kalamassery Reserve Camp were masked and brought to the Perumbavoor DySP’s office, under these circumstances, to cover up the police inaction. The police themselves helped the media to photograph these scenes and circulate the images.

This stage show could not have been enacted to fool the people of Kerala without the knowledge of the home department. Such a disgraceful effort in response to an event that rocked the conscience of the state of Kerala is equivalent to mocking the people of Kerala. The fact that this drama was staged when the DGP was claiming that the Kerala police are more capable than the CBI to conduct criminal investigations strengthens the doubt that efforts are on to conceal certain facts related to this case. No further proof is required to establish the degeneration of our police force.

Why Jisha’s dead body was incarcerated on the night of the tragedy itself, following police intervention, has to be explained by the home minister himself.  In such rare cases, the dead body is usually buried after the evidences are collected. This is done to enable a re-post mortem to be conducted, should the need arise. However, it is mysterious that the police themselves incarcerated the body, to everybody’s surprise.

Jisha’s post mortem was conducted by a PG student. It is now being reported that the report was falsified to state that an associate professor was also a part of the procedure, when this anomaly came to light. Therefore, to ensure clarity to this issue, the truth has to be brought out by ascertaining the location of the doctors who have claimed to participate in the post mortem, by detecting the position of their mobile phones in the signal network. It is a usual practice to record the video footage of post mortems of extremely violent murders. However, it is a grave shortcoming that even that was not done.

Rs. 10 lakh was offered by the government to Jisha’s family. This is completely inadequate for such a disadvantaged family. The government should provide a higher amount. Jisha’s mother should be allowed a pension and the government should take over the family’s care.

Despite this being a rarest of rare and gruesome incident, speedy and proactive enquiry has not been conducted, the body has been incarcerated, the police has been masqueraded and paraded as criminals responsible for the crime and procedures to be followed in the conduct of the post mortem were violated. It is all the more grave that these mistakes have occurred in the investigation of the cruel rape and murder of a dalit girl. Therefore, the chief minister himself should provide an explanation to these lapses.