Another major event is the opening of a court of sessions in Kottayam that has agreed to consider the murder of Kevin P. Joseph, a young Christian Dalit, as a "murder of honor", making it the first case reported in Kerala.
Pronouncing his order on a motion brought by the special attorney CS Ajayan and the judge of the additional sessions K.G. Sanal Kumar ordered Wednesday to speed up the trial. The court had completed the hearing on the petition earlier last week.
The case will be heard day-to-day and the proceedings will have to be completed within six months after becoming aware.
During the hearing, the prosecution argued that Kevin had been murdered only because he was a Christian Dalit. The defendant, on the other hand, argued that it should not be treated as "honor killings" as both parties are Christians.
The case concerns the murder of Kevin, aged 24, who had married Neenu Chacko and who belonged to a different community, at a civil wedding ceremony on May 24.
On May 27, he was dragged out of Mannanam's house, near Kottayam, and then taken in a car with one of his relatives, who was later released by the kidnappers. The next day, Kevin's body was found in a canal near Thenmala in Kollam. The investigation eventually revealed that he had been abducted by his wife's parents. The indictment indicated that he was forced to jump into a river, which resulted in his death.
Citing the case as a homicidal drowning case, charges of murder were filed against the 14 defendants, including Father Chacko John and Brother Shyanu Chacko of Neenu.