Following The Kochi Post’s report on a tribal woman’s murder in Peringalkuthu, near Athirappilly, the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Secretary T.U. Radhakrishnan called for a press conference in Chalakudy, to urge the media and the public to bring the issue to the notice of higher authorities.
The Kochi Post published a story on July 8, about the murder that took place in Peringalkuthu. Annamma was allegedly beaten up by her husband, after he found her with a Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) employee. She was rushed to the hospital, but later succumbed to her injuries. Tests revealed the woman had consumed alcohol, prior to being killed. Shekharan, the KSEB employee, is said to have sexually assaulted the victim, when she was in an inebriated condition.
Mr. Radhakrishnan said, “We are taking over the charge of this issue. We will raise the concerns of the tribe to the Minister. Immediate action will be demanded on the same. We want the police and the government to question the person who has allegedly sexually assaulted the victim. There is also the serious problem of alcohol addiction in the area. This should be solved within no time. Otherwise, these tribes will vanish.”