Kerala's Kannur district arrested the father, brother and uncle of a 13-year-old girl for raping her repeatedly, a similar case of a man sexually abusing his two minor daughters has been reported from Kottayam district.
Police took Binu (30) into custody after his wife lodged a complaint. The woman sent her older daughter to boarding school in 2010 on finding out that he had often raped the girl, reports say. At that time, the woman chose to keep silent as she was afraid of the repercussions.
Some days ago, the younger daughter aged 11 revealed the abuse that she has been suffering at the hands of her father ever since she was nine years old. This prompted Binu's wife to approach the Kaduthuruthy Police.
On Nov 27, the cops produced the accused in court which remanded him in judicial custody. Binu has confessed to his crime, reports say.
The victim in the other case is refusing to even meet her mother. The Class VIII student is staying at a Child Welfare committee-run home in Thalassery.
Though her father Arun Kumar (48) and uncle Santhosh have already been put behind bars, another uncle who is said to have raped the girl too has evaded arrest so far. Her 15-year-old brother (name withheld) is presently lodged at a juvenile home.
The victim told investigators that her father, uncle and brother were all addicted to drugs. They have been raping her for the last two years, she said.
The most shocking aspect of the case is the victim's revelation that the four accused had abused her elder sister Akhila too. The latter died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 15 on Aug 31, 2010.
The police are claiming that Akhila committed self immolation. However, the Kerala Vanitha Commission feels the cop's version is incorrect. The commission chairperson K Rosakutty has demanded a re-enquiry into her death.
Noorbina Rashid, member of the commission, stressed that the accused must be given stringent punishment for abusing minor girls.
Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan rued that "...Kerala, (a state) with highest literacy rate, has to face such issues." He said that the state government "will soon come out with a law to protect the innocence and dignity of children." A draft of the new law has been prepared, he added.