Kochi: The Ernakulam Additional Sessions Court on Thursday awarded rigorous life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 to Sudheer, the father of the victim and prime accused in the Paravoor sex scandal case. He has been charged for offences under Section 376(rape) of the IPC. Let there be no more such rape incidents, says the verdict issued by the Additional Sessions Court in the Paravoor sex scandal case. The verdict of the Sessions Court is a landmark as it is reportedly the first time a court in the state is sentencing a father to life for raping his own daughter.
Sentencing the accused to rigorous imprisonment, the Sessions Court quoted a Kerala High Court verdict which states that “the risk of long lasting psychological harm on the child is higher, when the sexual assault is perpetrated by the father. A feeling of insecurity, broken trust, shame, isolation, and many other untold miseries haunt the child until she breaths her last.” The police said that 148 persons were arraigned in the case and 102 have been arrested. Out of the arrested, four died, including a doctor who committed suicide.
In April 2009, Sudheer sexually assaulted his 14-year-old daughter after threatening to kill her. Later, he threw her into the flesh market. Awarding the sentence, Additional District Judge P G Ajith Kumar observed that “the father deflowered his daughter”.
The Ernakulam Additional Sessions Court awarded rigorous life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 to Sudheer.
The case came to light when a complaint was lodged last June after the girl narrated her ordeal to her aunt. On the fateful day, her mother and brother were not at home. At about 10 am, the accused threatened her by saying that he had taken video clippings while she was taking bath, and that the clippings would be made public. The victim said that she was frightened and had to comply to the demands of the accused. She did not disclose the incident to her mother or anyone else, fearing that her father would kill her and brother.
The girl had alleged that her father, who used to do insignificant roles in Malayalam films, was the first to rape her. She deposed that she was threatened that she would be pushed down from the Varappuzha bridge and her video clippings would be publicised. The father then took her to various places and offered her to as many as 100 men. A businessmen, a retired Naval official and a PWD contractor from Tamil Nadu are among the accused. Sudheer used to take the girl, who was in class X then, away with him for days, telling her teachers that she had urinary problems and hence could not attend school.
The first incident took place in 2010. Sudheer took her to a hotel in Ernakulam on May 3, 2010, on the pretext of an interview for a role in a film. She was presented to a man who sexually abused her. After a week, she was taken to many apartments in and around Ernakulam. According to the police, she was sexually abused in houses and hotels in Kadavanthra, Palarivattom, Thammanam, Kakkanad, Chalakkudy, Athirappilly, Munnar, Thrissur, Mapranam, Parassala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur, Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Ootty and Coimbatore.