PALAKKAD: Kerala Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala on Friday demanded a CBI probe in the rape and death case of two minor girls at Walayar in Palakkad district of Kerala in 2017.
He also condemned the state government for siding with the persons who were recently acquitted in a case pertaining to alleged sexual assault and murder of two minor girls.
"The state government is with the accused. The murder was not investigated properly. There should be a CBI probe in the case. ”, News Agency ANI quoted Chennithala as saying.
The special POCSO court at Palakkad had last week acquitted three persons, namely, V Madhu, Shibu and M Madhu, who allegedly raped 9-year-old and 13-year-old girls in 2017.
The trio was arrested by the police under various sections of the Protection of Child against Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.
The post-mortem report of the minors revealed that they were subjected to sexual assault and the autopsy report in the case of the younger girl suggested the possibility of homicidal hanging. However, the court acquitted everybody citing lack of evidence to prove the crime.
The elder sister (aged 13) was found hanging in her house on March 4, 2017. Within two months, the younger sister (aged 9) too was found hanging in the house.
The acquittal jolted society. Following a huge uproar in the social and political circles, the Kerala State Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have registered a suo moto case. The commission directed the government to re-investigate the case and collect scientific evidence with the help of experts.
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