Following the gut-wrenching incident in which a twenty-seven-year-old
veterinarian Dr Potula Priyanka Reddy was savagely murdered and her body
was set ablaze after allegedly raping her in the Shamshabad neighbourhood of
Hyderabad on November 27 night. As per the report, Victims body was found on the
outskirts of Hyderabad near the Chatanpally Bridge village in Rangareddy
district on November 28, a day after she went missing.
Although, Veterinarian Potula Priyanka Reddy had called her sister around 9.22
p.m. (before the incident) stating that her Two-wheeler vehicle, parked at
Shamshabad toll plaza, was punctured and somebody has offered to support her.
And they had promised to take her vehicle for repair. While the victims sister
had advised her to leave the vehicle, go to the toll plaza and return home by a
cab. However, when the sister later called her back, her mobile phone was
switched off. You Please keep talking to me for a while..I am scared. These were
the last words urged by Dr Priyanka Reddy to her sister.
Notably, Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali said that, We are saddened
by the incident, the police is alert and controlling crime. She was an educated
woman, and yet she called her sister instead of 100 (police helpline),. Had she
called 100, she would have been saved. 100 is a friendship number, and we have
to spread awareness on this among the people. He added while talking to ANI
reporter. After it triggered a controversy, he clarified and stated that he was
deeply saddened by the mishap and added that the victim was like his own
daughter and stringent punishment will be given to the culprit.
Members of the victims family had filed a missing complaint after she did not
return home by 10.20 pm on Wednesday, much to their dismay, her charred body was
found the next day. However, The city police have arrested four people in
connection to the crime. Lorry Driver Pasha, Cleaner Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen
and Cleaner Chenna Keshavulu have arrested by the city police. The police also
confirmed that a lorry driver named Mohammad Pasha from Narayanpet in Mahababub
Nagar district was allegedly the main suspect.
Meanwhile, The National Commission for Women has also constituted an inquiry
committee to probe the case. NCWs Chairperson Rekha Sharma asserted that the
womens panel would not leave any stone unturned till the perpetrators get the
punishment they deserve. In a letter to Sajjanar, The NCWs chairperson has
argued that the commission is disturbed by the reported incident and is
seriously concerned about the safety and security of women.
The National Commission for Women is constituting an Inquiry Committee headed by
a Member, NCW to inquire into the matter. Considering the gravity of the matter,
I request you to kindly investigate and take appropriate action in the matter,
Rekha Sharma asserted in the letter. Following the Police official statement,
Victims was killed when they were trying to close her mouth while raping her,
Sajjanagar CP asserted in a statement. CP Sajjanar further asserted that this
case was investigated in all dimensions and the accused will be presented in
fast track court.
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also mentioned that he has been
in regular touch with officials of the Telangana government so that those who
were involved in the womans murder are caught and punished. While the Ministry
of Home Affairs will likely to send an advisory to all states as a precautionary
measure so that no such incident takes place in future. The culprit should be
arrested and given capital punishment, The Minister remarked.
Member of the Indian National Congress Mr Rahul Gandhi mentioned that, Im
shocked to hear about the brutal rape & murder of Dr Priyanka Reddy in
Hyderabad. How anyone could subject another human being to such terrible,
unprovoked violence is beyond imagination. My thoughts & prayers are with the
victims family at this time of immense grief.
Also, Telangana IT and urban development minister KT Rama Rao said he would
personally monitor the investigation. Outraged and deeply anguished by the
murder of Dr Priyanka reddy I am confident that Telangana DGP & the police will
catch the animals who committed this heinous crime & deliver justice at the
earliest. Anyone in distress, please dial 100, he added.
Thus, The heinous and inhuman crime in Hyderabad city has grabbed the attention
of entire nation about the safety and security of women in India, The Beti-Issue.
Soon as the incident broke, many politicians including celebrities rallied on
social media platform seeking justice for Dr Potula Priyanka Reddy. Seeking
justice, Netizens (member of the community of Internet users) took to Social to
vent their anger and frustration. With many demanding death penalty for the
However, The top leaders across the Party-Parivar is yet in silent mode. May
they are suffering from credibility crisis with regard to the Safety and
Security of Women across the Nation. The condition of this incident is a
artificial tragedy, the security lapses of city police. Hence, the plans to
shift New India into a majoritarian nation has completely crippled the Beti-Issue
and this is resulting in increase of such heinous crimes.
In India, Whenever such rape case is highlighted we all begins outraging &
demanding death penalty for culprits. Why the hell people dont ask for a much
affirmative society where men dont rape? In the wake of same, We need to think
beyond, so please teach your Son how to respect a Daughter, It needs
Psychological change under familys norms and values, while many governmental
policies were completely failed to get rid about the same. Despite all of this,
We request to all media houses, including internet users that please dont
broadcast-publish victims clear photos because it contains quite unethical
Our prayers are with the victims family, added TRILOKSINGH.ORG!
Author: Trilok Singh, Currently Studies Masters in Mass Communication &
Journalism at International School of Media and Entertainment Studies, News 24
Campus. MA in Political Science, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.
Currently, CEO at Youth Darpan Media, IASmind, & India s Journal. Forthcoming
Media House is Online Media 24.