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Feb 07, 2011 at 08:51am IST

Rape on Kerala train: victim jumps off, dies

Thiruvananthapuram: In another incident which again raises serious questions about the security of women, a 23-year old was allegedly raped on a train. The victim tried to escape by jumping off the running train and lost her life.

The victim was brutally raped in a deserted women's compartment of a moving train near Thrissur and subsequently died from head injuries sustained when she jumped out of the train to flee the rapist.

Doctors reported the victim was getting normal but suddenly her blood pressure went low and with this her brain also stopped working. The doctors were unable to save her.

A physically challenged handicapped man, identified as a hardened criminal from Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu has been arrested in connection with the crime. But the incident has raised questions about the safety of women travelling in trains. The government meanwhile is indulging in a blame game.

“Ladies' compartment in trains should be located in central position of the trains but the railway authorities have taken it on a least priority. This is a clear case of insufficient security for women,” said M Vijaya Kumar, Kerala Law Minister.

It’s high time the authorities decided on the long pending demand for having ladies' compartments in the middle of the train. Or deployment of railway police force in the ladies compartments so that women can once again travel without fear.

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