As the country is gearing to celebrate 72nd Republic Day, we were woken to a heart-wrenching incident that shows how Indian women and our daughters are struggling in free India for their safety and protection.
As per the recent report, a teenaged girl in Kerala’s Malappuram has alleged that almost 44 men including her relatives raped her for three years. As per the police in Malappuram district, they have filed 32 cases against 44 men and arrested 20 of them.
Currently, the 17-year-old survivor is under the protection of the Child Welfare Committee. The survivor shared her trauma with the authorities at Nirbhaya center during a counseling session. She spoke about the series of sexual abuses and molestation she had been exposed to.
The abuse stated when she was only 13-year-old, and continued for multiple years. The victim has given a statement before a magistrate under 164 of CrPc.
In her statement, the girl shared how she was sexually abused in 2016 and 2017 multiple times. After the horrific incident, she was sent to the Child Home and was allowed to let go with her mother and year back. Then the victim faced sexual harassment at the hand of her relatives for the third time.
As per the Malappuram SP,
“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,”
At IFORHER, we are heartbroken by the trauma that this young soul had to go through. Our sex-deprived society didn’t have a cinch of shame when they put this 13-year-old through the trauma of sexual abuse. As we pray for speedy justice for this daughter, we wonder if ever our country will ever value its daughters!