Marking a closure in the much-anticipated case, the sentence for the accused was welcomed by one and all in Kerala as an ideal punishment for the gruesome crime that stunned the state and the country as a whole. [Read: Girl dies after being raped, pushed off train]
Justice Ravindra Babu who delivered the judgement said that this was a rarest of the rare cases, and while delivering the verdict, the court took cognizance of the prosecutions demand for a death sentence for the perpetrator of this heinous crime. Govindachamy had however pleaded in court that he would not repeat the crime and that he should be awarded a milder sentence. The same was rejected by the court considering the gravity of the crime.
The incident happened on Feb 1, 2011 when Soumya was brutally murdered while on her way back from Kochi to her home in Shornur. Govindachamy is understood to have forcibly entered the ladies compartment in the passenger train and in failing to rob her, pushed her out of the moving train and raped her on the tracks. She was grievously injured at the time of rape. Soumya was admitted to the intensive care at the Trichur Medical College only to succumb to her injuries.
The verdict comes a good nine months after the incident. Govindachamy has been slapped with charges of murder, attempt to robbery, rape and trying to enter the ladies compartment. The fact that the accused has already served sentences for various crimes in Tamil Nadu, also forced the Justice to deliver the extreme sentence.