Raped by father, brother, uncle: Kerala girl to court
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The Thalassery police on Wednesday moved the judicial magistrate court to record the statement of a minor girl who was allegedly sexually abused by her father, minor brother and two uncles under Section 164 of CrPC.
The issue came to light when the victim, a class VIII student, on Saturday refused to go back home after classes. When asked by the class teacher, she narrated her traumatic experience.
The school authorities and people's representatives alerted the police who registered a case based on the girl's statement. The girl was later moved to a rescue home and provided with police protection. Later the police arrested the girl's father, brother and uncle. The father has been in jail for several petty crimes.
The investigating officer of the case, M P Vinod, said the medical examination report has shown that she was sexually assaulted. "Her statement says that four males had raped her over different periods. However, the victim was not resolute on her revelations. So, the police wanted the magistrate to record her statement," the police officer said. The girl has told the police that one of her uncles, a handicapped person who moves on prosthetics, harassed her a few years ago.
According to the police, the girl used to live in a two-room house built on three cents of land at Chirakunni. Locals say her father, a fish merchant, often used to beat his wife, a daily wage worker, after getting drunk.
One of rooms in the house was used by the victim's father and her two brothers. The girl used to stay with her mother and grandmother in another room. Her elder sister had died of burn injuries in 2010.
The girl's mother said her husband used to beat her almost every day. "Although we have been staying in the same house, I don't have any relationship with my husband who has been a drunkard and drug addict for several years. He spends his income on liquor. There has not been a single night when I was not battered. Despite this, I have been running the family. My daughter never gave me a hint about the misconduct of my family members," she said.