Walayar victims' mother gets 'Baby Frock' as election symbol

Thiruvananthapuram: The mother of the slain Walayar girls, who is contesting as an independent candidate against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Dharmadam, got a baby dress as the symbol for Assembly polls.

Following the mysterious death of the Walayar girls, bloody baby clothes were all over the social media profiles. It was part of a campaign to demand justice for children.

Walayar mother has asked for the same symbol as the election symbol.

The two minor girls were found hanging under suspicious circumstances in their hut at Walayar in Palakkad district, after an alleged sexual assault on them in 2017.

The woman, who has been on a warpath demanding justice for her daughters and action against those police personnel who had allegedly made lapses in the probe into the death of the girls, wanted ''frock'' as her poll symbol.

The woman, who had recently tonsured her head to protest alleged inaction against the police personnel, launched her campaign in the constituency .

"I am not contesting to become an MLA or a minister... My fight at Dharmadam is seeking 'dharma'...I want to ask the Chief Minister where is justice," she said in an election convention here Wednesday evening.

Well-known activist C R Neelakandan, who is also the patron of Walayar Agitation Committee, said they began door- to-door campaigning in the constituency.

"The mother's is a symbolic fight. She wants justice for her daughters. We are meeting voters now," he told

Asked how was the response of the people, especially women in Dharmadam, he said it is a complete Left bastion and so those who were expressing open support were very few.

Announcing her candidature against Pinarayi Vijayan on March 16, the woman had said that she had met the Chief Minister in Thiruvananthapuram and "cried and begged him" to ensure that those responsible for the death of the children should be brought to book.

She had also said she would take the support of everyone except the Sangh Parivar in the April 6 polls.

Vijayan, however, said that his government had always stood by her and never hurt her.

The woman had tonsured her head on February 27 after staging a month-long satyagraha in Palakkad.

The LDF government had in January decided to hand over to the CBI the probe into the death of the two girls shortly after the Kerala High Court ordered a re-trial in the sensational Walayar case.

Allowing appeals filed by the state government and the mother of the children, the high court had on January 6 ordered a re-trial in the case, observing that there were 'serious lapses' in the investigation and that there has been 'miscarriage of justice'.



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