Mangaluru, Feb 14, 2017: "The CBI Court’s recent order directing further probe into the Sowjanya rape and murder case has given us a ray of hope that justice would be done in the case," said Kusumavathi and Chandappa Gowda, the aggrieved parents of 17 year old Sowjanya, a student of SDM College who was found raped and murdered on October 10, 2012.
Speaking to reporters here on February 14, Tuesday, Sowjanya’s mother alleged that the police as well as the CBI had failed to make a proper investigation and nab the real culprits behind the case. She also stated that her family would not bow to pressure and will continue its fight until justice is done.
Sowjanya’s father Chandappa Gowda who also spoke alleged that a mentally unstable man called Santosh Rao who was arrested in connection with the case had nothing to do with it. "Referring to the names mentioned by them in their complaint, he said the real culprits will have to be arrested.
Vishnumurthi Bhat, a social activist who also spoke alleged that evidences have been destroyed in the case by the police. "The investigation was misled by the then SP Abhishek Goyal and SI Yogish," he complained and demanded a brain mapping or lie detector test be done on the suspects in the case. He also described the case as pre-planned.
Pointing out that despite heavy rain that day when Sowjanya’s body was found neither her clothes or bag was wet. Her umbrella meanwhile was missing, he said.
"Dr Adam of Belthangady Hospital who conducted the post-mortem had to face pressure and the bite marks found on Sowjanya’s chest were not mentioned in the post-mortem report intentionally," he said and complained that the post-mortem was done in a haste.
It was also alleged during the press meet that SI Yogish Kumar’s initial appointment as the investigation officer in the case was wrong as rules require an officer of the rank of circle inspector and above to investigate such serious cases.
"The call records received by the investigation officer and others soon after the crime will reveal the truth," Sowjanya’s parents said and alleged that the CBI officers too had harassed them during the course of the probe.
They also wanted to know why no officer, minister or women’s commission visited them to enquire about the case when there have been many other cases when the Women’s Commission had taken up the case voluntarily.
Writer and activist Athrady Amritha Shetty and Robert Rosario, social activist were also present at the press meet.