Andhra Pradesh woman stabbed: In a disturbing incident that occurred in broad daylight in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur on Sunday, a 20-year-old engineering student was stabbed to death after refusing a man’s offer for a lift, as per reports. Police have arrested the accused with the case sparking widespread anger and calls for strict government action as regards women’s safety on the roads.
The woman, identified as Nallapu Ramya, was a third-year BTech student at St Mary’s College and was reportedly attacked while returning home after Independence Day celebrations at her institution, according to India Today. The assailant, Sashi Krishna, in the CCTV footage is seen conversing with her for a few minutes as the two cross Nadi Road before suddenly stabbing her with a knife.
Ramya sustained injuries on her throat and stomach, and was rushed to the local hospital by passersby. Doctors declared her dead upon arrival. Krishna was hunted by the police on the basis of eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage. DGP Gautam Sawang has assured stringent punishment in the case.
A payment of ten lakh rupees was announced for Ramya’s family by Andhra Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Andhra Pradesh Woman Stabbed: Shocker Case Spotlights Women’s Consent, Safety
An uproar among the opposition ensued in the wake of Ramya’s killing, urging due action from the ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party. Leaders pointed out the murder occurred around the same time CM Reddy was delivering his Independence Day speech, elaborating on the Disha Act 2019 that relates to punishment for crimes of rape and sexual harassment in the state.
Reddy has condemned the stabbing in a statement and directed for justice under the Disha Act.
The incident has sparked conversation on social media around women’s right to say ‘no’ and the lack of understanding of their consent. Last week, amid rising cases of harassment of women who turned down romantic proposals from men, the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said stalking or abusing in such incidents requires punishment. More on that here.