The Catholic bishops of India have joined political parties, rights activists, women organizations and others in condemning the rape and brutal murder of a young Dalit law student in southern India’s Kerala state. The 30-year-old student by the name of Jisha was raped and murdered at her home in Perumbavoor on April 28. Her intestines were ripped out and she had 30 wounds on her body, including two deep stab wounds on the chest. There has been no significant breakthrough, and the state police are yet to make any arrest in the case.
The Office for Women of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), issued a statement condemning the “barbarous and horrific act against a woman.” It expressed its deep concern for the “the life and dignity of women in the country.” The statement said: “It appears ironical that a woman is taunted, molested and abused at every walk of life and she is not safe even in her own house and arises questions as to how far women are safe and secure today in India. It is more vulnerable in the case of women from economically and socially backward sections.”
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