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Priyanka Reddy Case

The Priyanka Reddy case is a tragic incident that highlights the urgent need to address violence against women and ensure justice for victims. This article sheds light on the case, its social impact, and the broader issues it raises regarding women’s safety and the fight against gender-based violence in society.

The Priyanka Reddy Case: A Tragic Incident

The Priyanka Reddy case, also known as the Hyderabad veterinarian rape and murder case, refers to the brutal gang rape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinarian named Priyanka Reddy in Shamshabad, near Hyderabad, India, in November 2019. The incident led to widespread outrage and protests across the country, demanding justice for the victim and stricter laws against rape and rapists. Dr Priyanka Reddy, a veterinary doctor, was tragically raped, smothered, and burned by four men. The incident occurred when she was returning home from work late in the evening.

Here are the complete details of the case:


 On the evening of 27th November 2019, Priyanka Reddy parked her scooter near a toll plaza in Shamshabad and took a taxi to visit a dermatologist’s office in Hyderabad. While she was away, four men noticed her scooter and hatched a plan to assault her. When Priyanka returned around 9:15 p.m., she found her scooter’s tire deflated. The men pretended to help her and offered assistance. However, they instead ambushed her, pushed her into nearby bushes, and turned off her phone to prevent her from seeking help.

The four men then sexually assaulted her, poured whiskey into her mouth to silence her screams, and eventually smothered her to death. Afterwards, they wrapped her body in a blanket, loaded it onto a truck, and drove around 27 kilometres to a location near the Shadnagar interchange on the Hyderabad Outer Ring road. There, they set her body on fire using diesel and petrol.

Discovery and Arrests:

When Dr Reddy’s family was unable to reach her, they went to the police station to file a complaint (FIR), but there were reported delays in registering the FIR. The police initiated a search for the victim, and tragically, her partially burnt body was discovered under a bridge approximately 25 kilometres away from the location where she was last seen. Priyanka Reddy’s charred body was discovered under Chatanpally Bridge in Shadnagar on 28th November 2019, a day after the incident. Following the investigation, the police arrested four men as suspects based on CCTV footage and evidence from the victim’s mobile phone. The accused were identified as Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, Jolu Shiva, Jollu Naveen, and Mohammed Arif.

 The accused confessed to the crime, and they were taken into judicial custody. The Chief Minister of Telangana ordered the formation of a fast-track court to expedite the trial. The police arrested four individuals who later confessed to their involvement in the crime. However, the case took a dramatic turn when all four convicts were killed in a police encounter, which sparked a wide range of reactions and debates in India regarding encounters and extrajudicial killings.

Encounter and Controversy:

On 6th December 2019, all four accused were killed in an alleged encounter with the police under a bridge on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad national highway. The police claimed that the suspects tried to snatch guns and attacked the police during a reconstruction of the crime scene, leading to the encounter. However, the encounter drew controversy, with some accusing the police of extrajudicial execution. Nevertheless, many people celebrated the death of the accused, reflecting their frustration with the slow pace of the judicial system in handling rape cases.

Impact and Societal Reflection

  1. Public Outrage and Protests: The brutal nature of the crime sparked public outrage and led to mass protests across the country. People from all walks of life demanded justice for Priyanka Reddy and called for stricter laws and better enforcement to combat gender-based violence.
  2. Safety Concerns: The incident triggered a renewed focus on women’s safety and raised questions about the effectiveness of existing measures in protecting them from harm. It prompted a broader societal reflection on the need for systemic changes to create safer environments for women in public spaces.
  3. Legal Reforms: The case fueled discussions on legal reforms to expedite trials in cases of sexual assault, ensure stricter punishment for offenders, and enhance the overall justice delivery system. The public outcry put pressure on lawmakers and authorities to address these concerns promptly.

Addressing Violence Against Women

  1. Strengthening Legal Frameworks: The Priyanka Reddy case underscored the importance of having robust laws and mechanisms to address violence against women effectively. This includes ensuring speedy trials, stricter punishment for perpetrators, and comprehensive support systems for survivors.
  2. Empowering Women: To tackle gender-based violence, it is crucial to empower women through education, awareness, and economic opportunities. By promoting gender equality and challenging societal norms that perpetuate violence, we can create a more inclusive and safe environment for women.
  3. Enhancing Law Enforcement: The case highlighted the need for better training and sensitization of law enforcement agencies to handle cases of violence against women. Strengthening police response, improving investigation techniques, and creating safe reporting mechanisms are essential steps in ensuring justice for victims.
  4. Building Safe Infrastructure: Creating safe public spaces requires attention to urban planning, lighting, transportation, and the overall design of cities. Incorporating women’s safety considerations into infrastructure development can help prevent and deter acts of violence.
  5. Education and Awareness: Promoting gender equality and educating both men and women about consent, respect, and healthy relationships are crucial in changing attitudes and behaviours. Comprehensive sex education, community awareness campaigns, and engaging with youth are essential in preventing violence against women.


In 2022, an Inquiry Commission appointed by the Supreme Court of India concluded that the encounter was staged. The matter was transferred to the Telangana High Court for further action. The encounter of the accused was met with mixed reactions. While some celebrated it as a form of swift justice, others criticized it as a violation of human rights and the rule of law. An inquiry commission appointed by the Supreme Court of India later concluded that the encounter was staged, further adding to the controversy.


The Priyanka Reddy case serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to address violence against women and create a society that is safe, inclusive, and respectful of women’s rights. It is essential to translate the outrage and calls for justice into concrete actions, such as legal reforms, empowerment programs, and enhanced law enforcement. By working collectively, we can strive towards a society where every woman can live without fear, enjoying their fundamental rights and freedoms.

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