Kochi: The family members of Jishamol, 30, especially her mother Rajeshwari, kept to themselves and were not on good terms with most of the residents in the area, it is said. However, local people were all praise for the LLB student who was hardworking despite the challenging background.
“She was preparing for the LLB exams though her ultimate aim was to crack the civil services exam. She was even going for coaching. However, we rarely used to mingle with her since her mother was too protective of her younger daughter. She used to hurl abuses on passerby and pick up quarrels at the slightest provocation, like a glance at her house. She had even filed petty police cases against a few of them,” said a neighbour pleading anonymity.
Though the cops claimed her mother was mentally unstable, the local residents termed her as short-tempered. “She was living in fear with an unmarried daughter in that small house located near the road. She was in utter insecurity after her husband, Rajesh, a lottery seller, abandoned her and her children. Worse, her elder daughter eloped with her lover only to get abandoned by her spouse later. All these made her a tough character which explains her arrogant behaviour,” said Liji Jose, a local.
CPM Ernakulam district secretary P. Rajeev visited Rajeshwari, who is undergoing treatment at the Perumbavur taluk hospital, late on Monday. “The murder shows women are not safe even in their houses. The victim was subjected to brutal torture like the 2012 Delhi gang rape case and such an incident in our state is shocking. We’ll hold a series of protests if the cops fail to find out the culprits by Thursday,” he said.