Six arrested for sexually abusing of minor girls

Kristopher Drake
March 8, 2017

State Minister for Social Justice K.K. Shailaja told reporters in state capital Thiruvananthapuram that very soon all the orphanages would be inspected to find out their condition.

The accused have been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). Sreemathi said some of them had distant relatives in nearby districts but lived in the orphanage, which took care of their education and overall welfare.

Office-bearers of the orphanage told media that the moment they came to know about what had happened to these girls, they reported the matter to the police, which led to the arrest of the six youths. Later, medical examination confirmed that the girls were subjected to sexual abuse, said police.

Crimes against children have registered a steep increase in Kerala over recent years. Further, the accused threatened the girls and raped them on several occasions.

According to police records, 215 minors were raped in Kerala in 2008, 709 in 2014 and 926 in 2016.

Five nuns Sisters Tessy Jose, Ancy Mathew, Aneesa, Lissy Maria and Ophilia and two others were accused after they failed to report that the girl had given birth to a boy last month at a hospital. The incident was highlighted when a girl was seen coming out of the shop by the orphanage staff member under suspicious circumstances.

Officials of Yatim Khana, where the girls were staying, said they would fully cooperate with the probe.

"The accused are local people who run hotels and shops near the orphanage and their friends".

Reacting to the incident in Palakkad district, CPI (M) leader V S Achutanandan said it was polices lapse that led to the death of the nine-year-old, who was a student of class IV.

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