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Accused to be charged with murder

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200-page charge sheet has already been filed, says Senior Superintendent of Police, Karaikal

SFI members mourning the death of Vinodhini in Puducherry on Tuesday. —Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
SFI members mourning the death of Vinodhini in Puducherry on Tuesday. —Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

The man who threw acid on the face of Vinodhini, the Karaikal woman who died here of injuries suffered in the November attack, will be prosecuted for murder.

Speaking to The Hindu over the phone, Senior Superintendent of Police (Karaikal) Anto Alphonse said the case against the accused, Suresh, will be altered from one under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code (for attempted murder) to one under Section 302 (murder).

Once the post-mortem results were received, the police would submit an additional charge sheet. Already, a 200-page charge sheet had been filed, he said.

Asked whether the recent Ordinance promulgated to amend criminal laws relating to offences against women after the Verma Commission report was submitted would be applicable, Mr. Alphonse said the police was awaiting advice from the Public Prosecutor on this.

Following her death, several political parties expressed their condolences to the family.

Crimes against women such as this should not happen again. The perpetrators of such crimes should be given severe punishment.

The court should take up the case as soon as possible and grant justice to the victim, A.V. Subramaniam, president of the Puducherry Pradesh Congress Committee, said in a statement.

State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) V. Perumal said action against Suresh should be taken swiftly as mooted by the Verma Commission.

The family should also be given a source of income from the Puducherry government.

Candle light of vigil

The Student’s Federation of India and the Democratic Youth Federation of India held a candle light vigil on Tuesday evening.

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