Thiruvananthapuram: The father, brother and uncle of a 13-year-old girl in Kerala have been arrested for allegedly raping her for the past two years. The issue came to light when the girl, who is studying in the eighth standard, refused to go home after school hours. Reports say the girl narrated the incident to her teacher who later informed the police.
It is also alleged that her elder sister had committed suicide under similar circumstances two years ago. The police have registered cases against all the three men. The brother has been sent to a juvenile home while the father and the uncle have been sent to judicial custody.
The girl told police that she was sexually assaulted by the three since she was in her sixth standard. According to Thalassery Circle Inspector, MV Vinod Kumar, the victim also told the police that her elder sister, who had committed suicide two years ago, had also been raped.
Meanwhile, Kerala Vanitha Commission Chairperson, K Rosakutty said it was a sad situation as the victims' mother was not speaking up. "We are taking care of the girl's guardianship and we are taking care of her. 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 said. The Commission would be writing to Chief Minister and Home Minister demanding re-enquiry into the case of the suicide of the victim's elder sister.
"This is a shocking case of two minor sisters being raped by family members. The elder sister, an 8th standard student, had committed suicide is the police version. But it needs to be probed as no proper inquiry was done then", she said, adding, both the cases were related.
As uncertainty looms large about the victim's future, the Commission was prepared to take her under its care, she said. The victim has been presently housed at a home run by the Child Welfare committee. Efforts needs to be made to ensure that there were no interference in the case, she said.
Strongly condemning the incident, K Ajitha, president of "Anweshi", a women's organisation, said anti-rape case clinics needs to be set up in the state as early as possible.
(With additional information from PTI)