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Did Political Influence Botch Kerala Law Student’s Rape Probe?

Maneka Gandhi’s statement was based on a NCW report to flag the slip-ups in the investigation.

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Women protest the brutal rape and murder of law student Jisha in Kerala. (Photo:<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cpimcc/"> CPIM’s Facebook page</a>)

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said political influence in the rape and murder investigation of Kerala law student Jisha cannot be ruled out, according to reports.

Gandhi cited a report by the National Commission of India saying that the administration and police were under “undue influence”.

The committee is of the view that as the state (Kerala) is going into elections, the administration and police is functioning under some undue influence and that there is a likelihood of the investigation not being conducted as rigorously as possible due to electoral considerations.
NCW Report

The reports raised the possibility of contamination of the crime scene and police negligence of the victim and her family’s complaints.

The victim had approached the authorities with complaints of harassment by neighbours and threat of rape and murder. However, no action was taken.

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