Father, brother and uncle arrested for raping 13-year-old girl
The shocking incident came to light when the victim refused to go home fearing torture. She was being raped by her family members for the past two years
Kerala police arrested the father, brother and an uncle of a 13-year-old girl who they raped over the last two years. The girl, a high school student from Andallur village, a CPI(M) stronghold in Kannur district of Kerala, lodged a police complaint stating that her father, 15-year-old brother and uncle were constantly raping her for the last two years.
According to Rahul R. Nair, Superintendent of Police Kannur, a case has been registered and investigations are going on. “We have arrested the family members in connection with rape of the minor. The accused were sent to judicial custody and the brother to a juvenile home. We are waiting for the medical examination report,” said the police official. The shocking incident came to light when the girl, a Class VIII student refused to leave her class room after the school hours. She told her friend that she was scared to go home.
When her teacher Nita probed further, the girl told the teacher that her father, brother and uncle were abusing her sexually. The teacher reported the matter to Block Panchayat President and to the police. Following the complaint, Thalassery police arrested the accused.
According to Vinod Kumar, Thalassery Circle Inspector, the victim has also told the police that her elder sister, who had committed suicide two years ago, had also been raped by the trio. Her sister who was a Class X student committed suicide two years ago. Following the complaint, police lodged the victim at a home run by the Child Welfare Committee.
Suma Balakrishnan, Congress leader, told Tehelka that the incident is a disgrace for the state and needs to be probed .She demanded that police protection be given to the victim.
“There may be more accused in the case. The girl is in utter shock. We demand a thorough probe by police,” said Balakrishnan. The incident took a political turn after the accused were found to be CPI(M) party workers. Congress leaders alleged that CPI(M) hushed the suicide of the victim’s sister and protected the accused.
Kerala Women’s Commission Chairperson K Rosakutty told Tehelka that she would provide all help for the victim. “It’s unfortunate that the girls are not even safe in their homes. We have to take some strong steps to check the sexual abuse against minors in their families,” said Rosakutty condemning the incident.
Jeemon Jacob is Bureau Chief, South with Tehelka.