Kochi, May 5: Union Minister for Social Justice Thawar Chand Gehlot today visited the mother of a Dalit woman, who was brutally raped and killed, and assured her that the government would ensure that the family gets justice. The minister visited her at the Taluk hospital here where she is undergoing treatment since the incident and consoled her as she broke down. Gehlot kept the media at bay, saying as the Model Code of Conduct was in place due to the May 16 Assembly elections in Kerala, he would not make any statement.(Also Read: Kerala student rape and murder: New probe officer appointed in the case)

The minister said he had been deputed by the Rajya Sabha and would be reporting to the Upper House tomorrow at 11 AM. The issue of the brutal rape and murder of the woman, a law student, on April 28 at her small wayside home was raised in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha yesterday. Gehlot held a meeting with the district officials and investigating officers in the case at Aluva. National Women’s Commission chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam also visited the victim’s mother and said, “The whole country is shocked that such a brutality has taken place.”

National Commission for Scheduled Caste Chairman P L Punia was among the early callers at the hospital to meet her. “The mother’s entire life depended on her daughter. She had high expectations from her and her dreams have been shattered with her daughter’s death…A very unfortunate incident,” he told reporters.