The mother of the two Dalit girls found dead in Walayar in Kerala’s Palakkad district under suspicious circumstances in 2017, has declared Monday to contest 2021 state assembly elections against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Walayar mother will be contesting against Pinarayi Vijayan from Darmadam constituency, a left stronghold.
“The government denied justice even after we went down on our knees,” mother claimed during press conference at Trissur.
The parents of the girls are travelling across Kerala as part of “Neethiyatra’ seeking action against the two police officers who investigated her daughters’ deaths.
The family accused of the state government denying justice to their daughters.
Indian National Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance may consider supporting Walayar mother, as per initial reports. UDF is yet to decide their nominee in Darmadam.
On 13 January, 2017, the older sister, aged 13, was found hanging on a rafter inside her one-room home. Two months later, the younger sibling was also found hanging on the same rafter. It was after giving her statement to the police regarding her older sister’s death. Parents had alleged that their daughters were murdered.
All accused in the case were acquitted by special POCSO court in 2019 prompting an outcry against police investigation. M J Sojan, who investigated the case, is now a Police Superintendent and has been recommended to be conferred IPS.
” We were cheated by the government,” mother told Maktoob last week during an interview.
“They told they will take action against police officers but instead they were promoted.”
Post-mortem examinations had confirmed that the minors were subjected to sexual assault before their deaths.
The election will be held on 6 April 2021 and results will be declared on 2 May.