The encounter of the four accused in Disha case created a sensation in the country which even shook the parliamentary. sessions of late. With the raising agitations and protest with each passing day, the Hyderabad police were zeroed in both by the state and national media but nothing is same after the ‘alleged’ encounter. Within hours, the news spread like a wildfire bringing in unexpected applause for the police. Including Disha’s family, students, locals and people from across the nation who lauded them to peaks, including a few politicians who took to the parliament. However, the police also faced rife criticism from a section of politicians, intellectuals, lawyers, women welfare associations and the National Human Rights Commission. They termed the encounter to be a loss of faith in the judicial system.
According to many citizens who came to all praise to the Hyderabad, justice was served to Disha and her family within 10 days of time. Amidst the glorification of Hyderabad police, somehow the fact that they had been many such Dishas in every corner of the state went unnoticed. This pushed the media houses to dig into the similar cases which created a sensation in the state from the past few years which kept lingering for justice.
In August 2017, a tenth-grader at Kattamanchi Ramalingareddy Memorial Private School in Kurnool district died in a suspicious condition at the Sugali Preethi Bai School’s hostel room. The family members accused that the college correspondent Janardhan Reddy along with his two sons raped, murdered, and then hanged their daughter’s body to the fan in hostel room. Though there were agitations from student groups, the accused were not convicted so far. In 2007, the rape and murder of Aisha Meera, a pharmacy student is another such case which has been waiting for justice. The case allegedly involves the close allies of the then ministers who tried to sidetrack the case by involving a petty thief, Satyam Babu. Though the court declared Satyam as innocent, it has been 11 years so far and the actual accused are left ignored. Rape and murder of a six-year-old girl in Alwal by a 20-year-old man is another case waiting for justice.
Srinivasa Reddy, a young man from Hajipur, raped and murdered four students of the same village and dumped them in a ruined well in the suburbs which came into limelight after four years. The accused in this case has not received any punishment. Another such incident took place a day before Disha’s murder in Warangal district. A student named Manasa was raped and murdered her and threw the dead body at a trashcan. If encounter is the only solution that could serve justice according to the police, will they do the same with the above cases who have been waiting for years for justice?