Why raped Dalit girls' mother is going up against Pinarayi Vijayan | #KeralaElection

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V Bhagyavathi’s campaign is different from every other election campaign happening in Kerala right now. There are no colourful flags, loud songs, or jovial party workers running around.

She’s the mother of the two minor Dalit girls – dubbed the Walayar girls by the media – who were raped and died in Walayar town in Palakkad district in 2017. Since then, Bhagyavathi has pointed out numerous lapses in the police investigation, and has alleged political interference in the case.

In yet another step in her quest for justice for her daughters, on March 16, exactly three weeks before polling day in Kerala scheduled for April 6, Bhagyavathi announced that she will contest as an independent candidate from Dharmadam in Kannur district’s Thalassery. Dharmadam is important because it’s not only where chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will contest from, and has been contesting from since the town was formed in 2008, but it’s also a CPIM bastion, which gives it its name of “Red Fortress”.

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