New Delhi: Loved ones of 23-year-old Soumya who were hoping for justice from the Supreme Court on Thursday suffered disappointment after the verdict announced that there would be no death sentence for Govindachamy, the accused man in the case.
Displaying a somewhat lackadaisical approach on the empirical evidence, the apex court held Govindachamy guilty of rape. The Supreme Court then set aside the death sentence sought by the prosecution.
A Kerala High Court on January 2014 had upheld the death sentence granted to Govindchamy through a Fast-track court.
Soumya, a 23-year-old girl, was travelling for home on February 1, 2011 when Govindachamy allegedly molested her on the passenger train. When she protested, Govindachamy pushed her out of the train and also jumped along with her. Later, the man went on to rape an injured Soumya.
On February 6, Soumya succumbed to her injuries at a government hospital.