MALAPPURAM: As the death of Kevin has been categorised as Honour killing, by an Additional Sessions Court in Kottayam yesterday, the death of Athira, by her father is likely to be treated as the same.
The charge-sheet submitted by the investigation team and demanding that it should be considered as an incident of honour killing. The prosecution filed the charge-sheet pointing to the Supreme Court order to recognise honour killing as a separate offence.
If the case is considered as an honour killing, then the trial will have to be done on a day-to-day basis and will have to be completed within six months.
Athira’s murder case happened two months before Kevin death. But the trial is not yet started, as the post of judge, at Manjeri First Class Additional Sessions Court remains vacant for the past several months.
As per the charge sheet submitted by the investigation team, both the cases have some similarities. Kevin was allegedly murdered by his wife’s father and brother, while Athira was stabbed to death by her father.
According to the charge sheet of Kevin- a Dalit Christian from Kottayam was kidnapped and by a group sent by Sanu Chacko, brother of Neenu Chacko, later his body was found in a river near Thenmala on May 28.
According to the charge sheet of Athira, 23, hailing from Thiyya family, was stabbed to death by her father, following differences in opinion on her marriage.
She was in a relationship with Brijesh-25, from Koyilandy, a military man, who belongs to the SC category.
The police took initiatives to bring two families together and were brought an agreement between them. After much persuasion by relatives and friends, Athira’s parents later agreed to the marriage.
However, the day just before the wedding, Athira was chased by her father Rajan following an argument between the two, and she tried to hide in a neighbour’s house, but he stabbed her with a kitchen knife. She succumbed to her injuries at a private medical college at Mukkam on 22 March 2018.
Many people, were murdered each year in India by family members over perceived damage to “honour”.