On Nov 23 when the girl stayed back at her school instead of going home in the evening, teachers grew suspicious. She told them that her 15-year-old brother, father Arunkumar (45) and uncles had been sexually abusing her for the past two years.
The shocked teachers immediately informed some local politicians. Around 6 p.m, the teachers as well as the politicians went to the Dharmadom Police Station to lodge an FIR.
After registering a case on the basis of the victim's complaint, police took her father and brother into custody. The boy was later sent to the juvenile home in Thalassery.
Santhosh, one of the victim's uncles, was arrested on Nov 25. Another uncle, a CPI-M worker, is still roaming scot free allegedly because the police do not want to antagonise the party.
The most shocking aspect of the case is the victim's revelation that the accused had raped her elder sister too. The latter died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 15 in Aug 2010. Thalassery Circle Inspector MV Vinod Kumar confirmed this.
K Rosakutty, chairperson of the Kerala Vanitha Commission, said: "This is a shocking case of two minor sisters being raped by family members. The elder sister had committed suicide is the police version. But it needs to be probed as no proper inquiry was done then."
The chairperson is hopeful that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will order the police to again investigate the death of the victim's sister.
Averring that the commission is prepared to take care of the victim, Rosakutty rued that the mother of the two girls has kept mum so far. "It is a sad situation where her mother is not coming forward to lodge a complaint. She is afraid as her own family is involved," Rosakutty noted.
The victim is at present lodged in a Child Welfare committee-run home.