Prosecution: Consider Kevin murder as honour killing case
KOTTAYAM: The prosecution in the Kevin murder case filed a petition with the additional sessions court here pleading to consider the case as the first case of honour killing reported in the state. Special public prosecutor C S Ajayan filed the petition in the court on Monday. The court heard the whole matter and the case was posted on November 7 for issuing orders.
If the case is considered as an honour killing, then the trial will have to be done on a day-to-day basis and will have to be completed within six months. The Supreme Court had given these directions in a judgment in March this year while considering an honour killing case in Haryana.
The prosecution is of the stand that there are enough materials to prove that the murder of Kevin was an honour killing. The high court had also termed it as a clear case of honour killing when some of the accused had approached the court for bail.
Meanwhile, the defendant’s side argued that it should not be considered as honour killing as both the parties are Christians.
However, the victim is a dalit Christian and the probe team had also found that the accused have resorted to racial abuse.
Kevin was kidnapped along with his relative Aneesh in the early hours of May 27 by a gang led by Shyanu Chacko in separate vehicles just days after Kevin moved papers to marry the former’s sister Neenu Chacko. Kevin’s body was found in a canal near Thenmala on May 28.
SIT has termed the incident as an honour killing as Kevin was a dalit Christian and Neenu is from a higher caste. Kevin was pursued by her relatives and forced to jump into a river to escape them. The chargesheet listed his death as a case of homicidal drowning, amounting to intentional killing. Murder charges have been slapped against all 14 accused, including Neenu’s father Chacko John and brother Shyanu.