A sessions court in Kerala's Ernakulam has sentenced Ameerul Islam, the only accused in the brutal rape and murder case of law student Jisha, to death.
NDTV reported that while Islam was convicted of rape, murder, wrongful confinement and trespassing, he said during his conviction that he was innocent and "the police just arrested me and took me away".
Jisha, a student of law at the , was brutally raped and murdered in April 2016 in Kerala's Perumbavoor.
After the conviction, Jisha's mother Rajeshwari told NDTV, "I was expecting this judgement and I have got justice. But I want to see him once the way I saw my daughter, dead."
Jisha was living with her mother at the time when the incident took place. Her mother had found her body. Reports suggest that Islam had killed Jisha because he had resisted rape.
Jisha's sister Deepa, told The Indian Express, "I will not get my sister back but I am happy with the court's verdict. We will be at peace only when he (Ameerul) is hanged. A lot of people have worked very hard to get justice for Jisha. I want to thank all of them."
Jisha's murder had caused a huge outrage among the citizens of Kerala and even the Kerala legislative assembly given the gruesome nature of the crime.
Prosecution advocate N K Unnikrishnan, welcoming the judgement, was quoted by The Indian Express as saying he was happy that the highest punishment was awarded by the court because that is what society had demanded.
Jisha's murder was gruesome, and Islam is said to have stabbed and mutilated her body after she had died and even disemboweled her.
Islam was arrested almost two months later in June 2016 from Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.