Editorial

Cyberabad horrors

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/7/2019 12:03:05 PM IST

 It was another, perhaps among the too many ghastly rape and murder incident that shocked the nation. On November 27, three accused persons Mohammed Arif (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) - saw the victim near a toll-booth on a busy highway. The accused allegedly deflated the woman veterinarian’s scooter tyre and offered to help fix her scooter. Then they gang-raped her, strangled her and burnt her body to destroy evidence, according to the police. It was indeed among the most heinous crimes that shocked the nation to no end. The reports also included police inefficiency in not filing FIR to complaints about the missing woman by the victim’s family. This added to outrage already piling up among all sections of society. In a belated response the Cyberabad Police suspended the three police personnel on December 1, in connection with the gang-rape and murder. The move came following a detailed inquiry after the victim’s family alleged that the police had delayed filing an FIR when she was first reported as missing on the intervening night of November 27-28. Earlier, there was another ghastly rape and murder which preceded the November 27 rape. In the earlier case criminals gang-raped and murdered a 30-year-old Dalit woman who made her living as a street vendor on November 24 in Asifabad, Telangana. These two incidents coming at almost the same period and within Telangana had certainly stung the TRS government led by K. Chandrashekar  Rao. With the public ire directed at the police and the state government, it was not a political comfortable situation to be in. However, there was another shock in store for the nation when the four accused were taken by police to the place of occurrence, probably to reconstruct the crime or find evidence on December 6. On that day, the four accused were killed in an alleged self-defence retaliation by police. According to the police, two of the accused snatched the gun from the escorting policemen and began shooting and started escaping. Police said they were compelled to shoot the four in self defence. The killing of the four accused persons has attracted very strong reactions from various quarters. One side applauded the killing of the cold blooded rapist-murderers, seen as ‘swift justice’. The other side expressed deep concern that the entire killing was a set up in order for the police to kill two birds with one stone. One, the killing was to satisfy the revenge that a majority of society demanded and also serve as redemption for the police after having attracted stinging criticisms for having failed to act on the FIR. Two, the killings was to bring respite to the ruling TRS government which had been on the back foot after the gruesome rape exploded in the media. The Cyberabad police commissioner Vishwanath C.Sajjanar is no stranger to custodial killings. Earlier, he was involved in the December 2008 killing of three in Warangal district. Be that as it may, the custodial killings can never be justice but an aberration that throws open the door for justifying reprisal killings. Even if the rape accused deserve to be hanged, two wrongs cannot make one right. The law needs to take a call on this since till today, there are around two lakh rape cases pending and justice delayed is justice denied. 

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