The mother of Walayar girls will shave her head today at the pandal where she has been protesting against the officials who sabotaged the case.
It's been a month since the mother has been sitting on a day-time satyagraha demanding justice for her daughters. The satyagraha began with a call for action against the officials who committed lapses in the investigation before the official announcement of the elections.
According to reports, the mother had said that she would launch a campaign against the LDF government's actions in protecting the officials if the government did not initiate a probe against them.
In solidarity with the mother, Dalit Human Rights Movement (DHRM) leader Saleena Prakannam and writer Bindu Kamalan will also shave their heads. Advocate Jalaja Madhavan, who had gone on a hunger strike demanding justice for the mother, was arrested and shifted to hospital due to deteriorating health. It has been six days since the former public prosecutor began the strike.
Meanwhile, KSU Malampuzha mandalam president Adarsh shaved his head on Friday standing upside down.
The Walayar case happened in 2017 when two minor Dalit sisters were found hanging in their house in Walayar. The 13-year-old elder sister was found on January 13, following which the nine-year-old younger girl had testified that she saw her sister’s attackers. The younger girl was found dead on March 4 in a similar fashion. The original probe did not pursue murder, but rather a case of unnatural death and they tried to push the suicide argument. The case began to pick up traction following the younger sister’s death and the post mortem report claiming sexual assault.