When a 13-year-old class 8 student in Kerala's Kannur refused to go home
after school and would incessantly cry, her teachers discovered a
shocking tale of abuse. The child was allegedly raped over the last two
years by her father, her 15-year-old brother and her uncle.
teachers called the police and the two men have been arrested and a case
of rape has been registered against them; the boy has been sent to a
juvenile home. The girl is now housed at a home run by the Child Welfare
committee where she will be counseled.
But tales of horror
continue to emerge. The police have now found that the victim's older
sister died two years ago - she allegedly committed suicide. An
investigation has been opened to find out if she too was abused by the
men of the house. The child has reportedly told her teachers that the
sister killed herself to escape similar abuse.
The family is
poor. The girl's mother works as coolie, said KC Rosakutty, who heads
the Kerala Women's Commission which is overseeing investigations in the
case. The commission has offered to take the girl under its care. Ms
Rosakutty also said that it might write to the chief minister for an
enquiry into the elder sister's death.
"This is a shocking case
of two minor sisters being raped by family members. The police say the
elder sister committed suicide. But this needs to be probed as no proper
inquiry was done," Ms Rosakutty said.(With PTI inputs)