Kerala News: On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, the Kottayam Principal Sessions Court announced its landmark judgement convicting 10 persons to double life sentences for the death of Kevin P Joseph. Kevin, a 23-year-old Dalit Christian man, was abducted, murdered and found floating in the Chaliyekara river in Kollam 15 months ago.
But for Neenu, the young woman with whom Kevin was in a relationship, the ordeal is far from over.
The motive behind the gruesome crime was that Kevin and Neenu, a Latin Catholic woman, were in love against the wishes of her family and the young man refused to withdraw. It was shortly after the duo decided to apply to get their marriage registered that he was abducted and murdered on May 28, 2018 by Neenu’s relatives.
For Kevin’s family, especially father Joseph, the judgement comes as a bittersweet victory, the end of a hard fought battle against powerful persons on the other side.
However, if there is one person who has become the symbol of tenacity and strength in the last few months, it is Neenu. The 21-year-old stormed through a treacherous, conflict-ridden path to secure justice for Kevin.