Update on December 27, 2012
Sowjanya Rape and Murder: Child Rights Panel meets family at Pangala, assures speedy justice. Belthangady, Dec 25: The members of state Child Rights Protection Committee on Monday December 24 visited the family of Sowjanya, the 17-year-old student who was found raped and murdered at Pangala near Dharmasthala in early October this year. The family claimed that Sowjanya was murdered elsewhere and her body dumped at the spot where she was later found. Daughter of Chandappa Gowda, Sowjanya was found brutally raped and murdered on October 10 at Pangala near Dharmasthala. Her body was found among the bushes in a forest area. The family members appealed to the committee for justice but expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that the committee members had visited them two months after the incident took place. They informed that during the search operation for Sowjanya, the place where her body was found was checked thoroughly on the night she went missing. "How did the body appear the next day when we had already searched the same place the previous night?" the family members questioned. Speaking to reporters, Umesh Aaradya H R, president of Child Rights Protection Committee said, "The committee members have questioned others and obtained information. The information related to Sowjanya's murder will be collected and submitted to the court through the department concerned. The matter is being investigated by the police department and the CoD, and Child Rights Protection Committee will ensure that the investigation is not delayed." "There is a difference between the recent reports on the case and the information obtained from the family members. Efforts are being made to find out the truth," he said. Prior to meeting family members, information from departments concerned was also collected. The Child Rights Protection Committee has been formed to protect children below 17 years of age from any sort of harassment. The commission strives to protect them from any sort of violence be it physical, mental, or related to education or nutrition, from their parents, public, or teachers. Committee members B Shivaraje Gowda, Vanitha Toravi, Vikram, district child protection unit Kumar Shettigar, Sumangala, Mangalore child welfare department assistant officer Shaymala, Beltangady assistant child development officer Keshava, incharge Kaveramma, Manjushree, Anganawaadi worker Gopi were present.