Jisha Case; The story of 19-month long investigation

Ameer-ul Islam was found guilty in the Jisha rape and murder case was sentanced to death by a sessions court in Ernakulam, Kerala. Ameer-ul Islam, who was the lone acccused in the case, was on Tuesday found guilty by the same court. The case triggered massive public outrage and a heated debate on the question of women’s safety in Kerala.

Jisha, a 29 year old law student at the Government Law College, Ernakulam was found dead at her home near a canal on April 28,2016 in Perumbavoor, Ernakulam. Her mother, Rajeshwari was the first to see her body at 8:30pm.

Jisha lives with her mother who is a casual worker. Her father, Pappu separated from family was staying alone and he was later found dead on November 9,2017 due to natural causes. Police was not able to start the investigation in a fast face because Jisha’s mother was paranoid and as their family is dysfunctional and they had no contacts with thier neighbours/ relatives, this affected the case in the initial stages.The police found the body mutilated and disturbingly sliced. Forensics concluded the body injuries showed violence, possible torture and presence of alcohol. The report also noted that the culprit had used a sharp weapon to disembowel her. Jisha was stabbed over 30 times. Her chest was pierced with a dagger. The severe injury imposed on her neck led to her death, according to the postmortem report. The postmortem was conducted at the Alappuzha Government Medical College. The Jisha murder case shook the Kerala state during April 2016 and also went on to become the most publicized case during the legislative elections on May 2016.

According to forensic officials, samples of blood and saliva recovered have been sent for forensic examination, and DNA is recorded for matching. According to the police officers, preliminary investigation revealed Jisha probably was murdered when she resisted the rape attempt. The investigators also probed into migrant workers in the area for any clue about the murder.

The crime took place in the backdrop of the Kerala Legislative elections, and thereafter gained attention from polictical parties, film stars and celebrities.Justice for Jisha was the hashtag (#JusticeForJisha) used in the social media during April 2016 to quicken efforts for justice to Jisha by politicians and largely by people. The government offered to give a financial consolation of Rs 10 lakhs to the parents and a new home will be provided as well.
According to forensic officials, samples of blood and saliva recovered have been sent for forensic examination, and DNA is recorded for matching. According to the police officers, preliminary investigation revealed Jisha probably was murdered when she resisted the rape attempt. The investigators also probed into migrant workers in the area for any clue about the murder.

After the continous search by the police officials and the involvements from the people the case went into a major breakthrough. A citizen hailing from Assam informed his doubts about a worker he knew to the Kerala police; following the lead they picked up the Assamese labourer, and learnt that 24-year-old Ameer-ul-Islam was the culprit and was arrested from Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu. He admitted committing the murder of the woman in Perumbavoor, the crime was motivated by previous grudge and revenge and committed under the influence of alcohol. He properly examined Jisha’s routine and waited to sexually assault her; in that effort and rage he killed her and she asked for water before dying but he gave her the alcohol he had in him.

The trail in the case took 85 days. As many as 100 witnesses including 15 migrant labourers, were examined by the prosecution which also presented evidences against Ameer-ul Islam. The prosecution also presented 290 documents and 36 material evidences and the defence counsel examined five witnesses.

On 12th December,2017 the court found Ameer-ul Islam is guilty and on 14th December,2017 the court awarded the maximum punishment of death sentence to Ameer-Ul Islam.The court did not find him guilty for destroying evidence and relevant sections under Dalits Acts.

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