All four accused men of the Hyderabad rape and murder of a female veterinarian have been shot dead in a police encounter that took place early on Friday, 6 December morning. The alleged encounter took place at 6:30 am on the scene of the crime. Cyberabad police revealed that the accused rapists – Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and Mohammed (26) tried to flee from police custody and were killed in the process.
As per reports in ANI, the rapist-murderers attempted an escape from Chatanpally, 50 km from Hyderabad. They were at the location for the reconstruction of the crime scene where the veterinarian set on fire to carry out further investigations. The accused broke custody prompting the cops to shoot them. There aren’t specific details of how the accused procured weapons from the cops or any injuries done to police officers.
Hyderabad: Senior Police officials arrive at the site of the encounter. All four accused in the rape and murder of woman veterinarian in Telangana were killed in an encounter with the police when the accused tried to escape while being taken to the crime spot. https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1202771440245735425 …
ANI✔@ANITelangana Police: All four people accused in the rape and murder of woman veterinarian in Telangana have been killed in an encounter with the police. More details awaited.3,2558:09 AM – Dec 6, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,575 people are talking about this
The four men were taken into police custody on November 29 where they were held in a 14-day judicial remand. Shadnagar police station saw heavy protests from civilians who demanded that the rapists be handed over to the mob when they were taken in. The gruesome rape case shook the nation and sparked outrage with most demanding a death penalty for rapists.
The encounter was not questioned and is regarded as a welcome move to many. Once the death of the rapists was confirmed, the policemen were welcomed back with flower petals and people celebrated in the streets. Hyderabad policemen are currently being regarded as Singham/Simba and Bollywood-backed poetic justice is overall seen as a great move.
#WATCH Hyderabad: People celebrate and cheer for police at the encounter site where the four accused were killed in an encounter earlier today. #Telangana15K10:39 AM – Dec 6, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy4,493 people are talking about this
For the most part, the victim’s family, ministers and netizens are happy that the rapists got the end justice-seekers wanted. Death penalty would find them just the way the nation wanted but the way it was done in an obscured alleged encounter. What the people also needed was a transparent, public trial and capital punishment. These would make front-page headlines and hopefully reach rapists, molesters and criminals in parts of society where gender-crime and its ideologies are rampant. And hopefully, it would deter rapists from committing heinous crimes against women. What happened today morning though, only stands testimony for two things- admitting that fear is the only way forward and admitting that the judicial system isn’t any help. But is trigger track justice okay?
In a Tweet, Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram talked about the failure of the law to give these criminals a death penalty. The fact that it had to be done in the wee hours of the morning sounds suspiciously like cops taking matters in their own hands, fed up of waiting for the courts to supply a fair verdict. There is a reason why cops aren’t executioners, it simply isn’t their call.
Rape is an heinous crime. It must be dealt with strictly under the provisions of law. While I hold no brief for the alleged perpetrators of this dastardly act, “encounter” killings are a blot to our system. While I understand the urge for instant justice, this is not the way. https://twitter.com/ani/status/1202771440245735425 …ANI✔@ANITelangana Police: All four people accused in the rape and murder of woman veterinarian in Telangana have been killed in an encounter with the police. More details awaited.5428:52 AM – Dec 6, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy456 people are talking about this
Another way to look at it is through the lens of delayed justice. Rapists have time and again been given short sentences, left under juvenile detention and in some alarming cases, given the clean chit. As newspaper readers, citizens are used to receiving news of rapists being proved innocent and even going further to commit more crimes. Faith in the judicial system is scarce and while we temporarily are rid of four accused rapists, we are nowhere close to getting the judges, lawyers and police officers working in tandem to punish rapists and murderers. This is why we have statements like that of Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan endorsing public lynchings. People are preferring mob justice to murky courtrooms. This begs the question, did the encounter succeed at preventing rape cases?
#WATCH Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan on accused in the rape and murder of the woman veterinarian in Telangana killed in an encounter: Der aaye, durust aaye…der aaye, bohot der aaye..1,05911:07 AM – Dec 6, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy207 people are talking about this
Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal stands in stark contrast of a popular opinion held by everyone celebrating the encounter. He is of the opinion that this only diminished the faith of the public in the judiciary.
“We need to find ways to restore faith in these agencies,” – Arvind Kejriwal/ANI
The consequences are a lot more serious than we’re making them out to be at present. If today morning’s proceedings are to be applauded and taken as a good example of how to get justice for rape cases, we’re leaving everything to accusations. We’re leaving everything to rage and fear and ultimately, mob justice. And at the end of the day is that really the end goal? Do we have any good examples of a fair trial? Or are we relying on the reactions of the public to direct legal moves? Public’s idea of revenge (not justice) against these criminals was served this morning.
The victim’s family meanwhile is both confused and relieved that it happened so soon.
“We were shocked when we heard about it in the morning but we are also happy that justice has been served so soon. We are happy the culprits got punished,” – The Quint
The Ministry of Home Affairs has now demanded a report of the encounter from the Telangana government on the killings in custody of accused rapists in the Hyderabad rape case. As per the existing laws, the state is now obligated to notify the NHRC via MHA. So questions will be raised in this case of instant justice.
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