Hyderabad: DNA fingerprinting test by Telangana State Forensic Science Laboratory experts confirmed that the four accused arrested by Asifabad police are the rapists of Samata(named changed).

Sources in State police headquarters confirmed to Newsmeter that DNA from semen samples collected from the victim tallied with that of the DNA profiles of Shaik Babu 35, Shaik Shaboddin 30 and Shaik Mukdum 40 residents of Yellapatar in Jainoor Mandal of Asifabad district.

The trio gang raped the victim Samata who was a street vendor and later killed her by slit opening her throat with a knife. Samata was raped while she was on the way to Ramanaya Thanda in Lingapur Mandal and they dumped the body in the bushes.
Police who wants to file charge sheet before 90 days of the arrest speeded up the process of investigation. The thirty-year-old victim hails from Khanpur Mandal in Nirmal district.

Samatha rape case stirred up protests

The gangrape and murder took place on November 24, and the body was found on the next day. The incident has led to huge protests in Nirmal and Asifabad districts. People demanded instant justice like in the case of Disha where rapists were shot dead by police in an encounter. Police took blood samples of the accused in custody and sent them to TSFSL.
On December 11 Telangana government announced a Fast track court to conduct the trial in the case like in Hajipur case. Rallies are still conducted in the districts demanding Justice for Samata. Several organisations alleged bias as the woman belong to scheduled caste. The woman used to sell balloons on streets.

Police booked a case of rape, murder and various sections of Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes. The victim Samatha is survived by a her husband and two sons. Police are not working on filing the chargesheet as the DNA test proved the involvement of three alleged rapists in the case.

Coreena Suares

Coreena Enet Suares is the Editor of NewsMeter. Having over 10 years of experience , her stories have been published in the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper and the Asian Age. Coreena began her career as a News Anchor. Through out her journey, she has been able to build a strong network with people from all walks of life . She is also a certified fact-checker by Google India Initiative. She has recently attended the 'Defence Correspondence Course 2019, through which she visited Indo- Pak border, besides traveling on a War-ship and an insight into operations of Fighter aircraft. Coreena's focus areas are anti-crime investigation agencies and Defense reporting.

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