Gallows for Ameerul Islam in Jisha's murder case

Frederick Owens
December 15, 2017

Ameerul Islam, a migrant worker from Assam, was found guilty of raping and murdering Jisha.

Islam has been awarded life imprisonment for committing the rape of the woman after he was also found guilty under Indian Penal Code Section 376 (A) (causing death or causes the woman to be in persistent vegetative state while committing rape).

In April 2016, Dalit woman Jisha was found naked in a pool of blood by her mother at their house at Vattolipadi, Iringolkkara, in Perumbavoor. "It is only natural that the judicial conscience be satisfied with capital punishment being awarded to the accused Ameerul Islam", special public prosecutor N.K. Unnikrishnan said.

A 15-page case verdict was read in the court.

In a case where there was no direct evidence, the court observed that the pieces of evidence, especially that obtained through DNA technology and call data records submitted by the prosecution, helped in finding the accused "guilty beyond reasonable doubt".

The court's decision proved that it had agreed with nearly all arguments of the prosecution which had pressed for death penalty for the Assamese youth by pointing out that the brutality behind Jisha murder made it identical with the Nirbhaya case.

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Ameer will be shifted to Viyyur jail in Thrissur.

After the conviction, Jisha's mother Rajeshwari told NDTV, "I was expecting this judgement and I have got justice". The verdict comes after 19 months.

Muhammed Ameerul Islam was convicted by a district court in Kerala over the gruesome attack which sparked nationwide outrage and drew comparisons with the high-profile gang-rape and murder of a Delhi student in 2012.

Ameerul was drunk and barged into Jisha's house and tried to sexually assault her. He was convicted of murder, rape, wrongful confinement and house trespassing. Reports suggest that Islam had killed Jisha because he had resisted rape. There were suspicions that the crime could not have committed by a single person but the police's conclusion was that Ameerul was the only culprit. A normal person can not inflict such injuries, the prosecution argued.

The prosecution had built up the case in which there were no eyewitnesses entirely on scientific evidences - most importantly the results of DNA analyses - and circumstantial evidences.

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