A girl was travelling in the women’s compartment of a train on her way back home. A serial offender enters the coach which was almost empty, brutally assaulted her, threw her off the train and jumped after her. He again rapes the wounded girl who succumb to death after 5 days fighting for her life in the hospital.

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This is the sad story of Soumya, a girl from Kerala whose rape case made headlines at almost all leading national dailies and news channels, a few years back.

Soumya was a supermarket assistant in Kochi. She was travelling back to her home and on the following day her engagement ceremony was supposed to take place.

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The Supreme Court, today set aside the death sentence given to Govindachamy, the convict in the murder of Soumya, the 23-year-old girl, who was brutally assaulted and raped by him. The apex court, however, has held him guilty of rape. Govindachamy’s death sentence has been reduce to a life-term.

Supreme Court of India.
Supreme Court of India.

A fast track court had held Govindachamy guilty and sentenced him to death. The Kerala High Court confirmed the sentence. The Supreme Court, however, said today that there is evidence of rape but not enough of murder.

Govindachamy, the convict in the Soumya rape case is a serial offender and has previously served prison time many times.

On February, 1, 2011, Soumya, an employee of a shopping mall in Kochi, was travelling home in an almost empty woman’s coach of a passenger train. Govindachamy molested her and later pushed her out of a train, and also jumped off. Govindachamy then walked towards her and raped her. Soumya was from Ernakulam to Shornur. Soumya succumbed to injuries on February 6 at a government hospital.

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Soumya’s mother sobbing after hearing the decision of the Supreme Court

At her home in Kerala, her mother broke down as reporters asked her to respond to the court order. “He did this to my daughter. And he will not even be hanged…My heart is broken. All this while I thought we will get justice. Nothing,” she sobbed.

This is a total failure in terms of justice and more shockingly, its a decision from none other than the highest court house of India.

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