Vet rape-murder case: Telangana govt constitutes SIT to probe 'encounter' killing

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

The next day they were sent to judicial custody while police took custody of the accused on December 3 for interrogation.

The gruesome rape and murder of a 26-year-old woman, within the city limits of Hyderabad on November 27, has set off a furious debate in India on crimes against women.

It was at Chatanpally that the accused had burnt the victim's body after raping and murdering her at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

The conviction rate for rape stands at 32 percent, and victims also have to endure bungled police investigations and threats by perpetrators.

More recently, the encounters have been deployed against those accused of violent crimes.

Video footage recorded after the "encounter" showed crowds celebrating the cops, carrying them on their shoulders, dancing and distributing candies.

"Instead of being accountable to his job and answering our questions about his government's failures to safeguard women's rights, the Telangana CM and his police have acted as leaders of a lynch mob", she said. "It is now that my daughter's soul must have gotten peace".

Police have always been criticised for not preventing violent crimes or for failing to bring cases, particularly sexual assaults, to the courts. He himself was cleared of charges relating to the 2005 extrajudicial killing of a gangster and his wife when he was Gujarat state's home minister. According to them, this incident will set a wrong precedent in the country, where rape incidents are a common affair.

Many people have demanded that a case be registered against the police, and proper investigation should be carried in the matter. The two sustained injuries when the four suspects attacked them with stones and sticks before being shot dead. The police said that after the accused seized weapons from the police, they were killed when policemen opened fire in self-defence.

"So, even though our officers maintained restraint and asked them to surrender but without listening to us, they continued to fire and continued to attack us".

"The law has done its duty", local police chief VC Sajjanar told reporters.

The families of the accused were shocked to hear the news.

The sensational "encounter killings" had evoked mixed reactions.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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