‘Lesser alternative unquestionably foreclosed’

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Thrissur Fast Track Court to Govindachami of Tamil Nadu, the sole accused in the Soumya murder case.

The incident took place on February 1, 2011. The prosecution case was that Soumya, travelling in a ladies coach on the Ernakulam-Shoranur passenger train on February 1, was attacked and pushed off the slow-moving train by Govindachami. The accused also jumped off the train, carried the injured woman to a wooded area at Vallathol Nagar and raped her. She succumbed to her injuries at the Government Medical College Hospital, Thrissur, on February 6. The Bench of Justice T.R. Ramachandran Nair and Justice B. Kemal Pasha, while dismissing an appeal filed by the accused against the lower court verdict, observed in its 359-page judgment that it had no hesitation to find this case ‘as one among the rarest of rare cases in which the lesser alternative is unquestionably foreclosed.’

  • Soumya died in hospital on Feb. 6

  • Chain of circumstantial evidence termed complete