The Gokulraj Murder Case: Exemplary arguments that led to the conviction under SC-ST Act

Refusing to heed the defence’s arguments against the hatching of a conspiracy, the judge made clear that the young Dalit man’s murder was a flagrantly unconstitutional act, meant to shore up the caste order, writes V. Geetha

On March 8, a special court in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, followed up on the conviction of 10 men for the murder of Gokulraj, a young Dalit engineering student, in 2015 by sentencing all of them to life imprisonment. In the case, the Prosecution had submitted a written deposition in addition to oral arguments, which reads like a crime thriller but the crime is so horrific that the word “thriller” ought to be replaced by “horror”.

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