A teenaged girl in Kerala, Malappuram has alleged that 44 men, including her relatives, raped her for three years. Pandikad Police in District Malappuram said they have filed 32 cases against all the men and arrested 20 of them.
The 17-year-old survivor is at present under the protection of the Child Welfare Committee. During counselling sessions, she informed the authorities at the Nirbhaya Centre about the series of sexual abuses and molestation she had been subjected to.
The mother of the victim had filed a missing complaint in November 2020 in Malappuram, after which the police found and rescued her from Palakkad.
Kerala Police has registered 32 cases, including three rape cases, in connection with the abuse that went on for months
Through the statement of the victim before a magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC, the girl said that these men sexually abused her in 2016-17 on multiple occasions. The sexual assault had begun when she was 13-year-old.
After rescuing her, police sent her to a children’s home. She was permitted to leave with her mother and brother about a year ago.
The girl alleged that she again faced sexual harassment at the hands of her relatives — for the third time — after returning home.
The Child Welfare Committee claims they had taken all legal and logical steps to ensure the safety of the child when she was released from the Child Home about a year ago. “They are supposed to be sent out with their parents to ensure their protection as well as enabling restoration to society,” Shajesh Basker, CWC chief in Malappuram said.
Mohammed Haneefa, Circle Inspector of Police told news agency that the girl was missing for sometime after she was released from Child Home and was traced from Palakkad in December last and brought to the Nirbhaya centre.
“Of the total cases, seven are extremely grave and serious. That includes charges of rape. There are 44 accused in this case and the accused in the grave offences have been arrested. 20 of them in total are arrested,” said Malappuram SP.