Mangalore, July 18: A sharp protest was organised by students in the city on Thursday July 17, against the mysterious death of 17-year-old Ratna Kottary near Byndoor in Kundapur taluk, Udupi a few days ago.
Hundreds of students from various colleges led by All College Students’ Union gathered near the Gandhi statue in front MCC building at Lalbagh and demanded a fair and speedy probe into the case and arrest of the culprits without delay.
Dinakar Shetty, president of the Union, addressing the protest said, “Cases of rape are increasing rampantly of late. The police have failed to properly investigate the death of Ratna. Though protests against rape are increasing across the country, there is no decrease in such incidents.”
“The Bangalore rape case is also an example of the failure of the state government. The government is ready to give compensation to Naxals but these girls were not Naxals. The government must compensate the families of the victims adequately,” Dinakar said.
The protesters lit candles and offered silent prayers for Ratna Kottary.
Ratna Kottary was found dead in a forest area at Alandoor near Byndoor on July 12, three days after she went missing. It was suspected to be rape and murder case, but the police are yet to achieve any breakthrough, and even the forensic report is still awaited.