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Last Updated Friday June 05 2020 06:49 AM IST

Did lax cops cause the death of second minor rape victim in Palakkad?

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Walayar, Palakkad: In a serious and startling exposition, it is to be believed that the lackadaisical approach of the cops cost the life of an innocent girl here. As it emerges, the two minor siblings found dead in their house here in a span of two months were sexually abused before being killed.

The victims' mother had told the police that her elder daughter had been sexually abused by a relative before she was found dead. However, the police played down the allegations and there was hardly any probe into the case. The younger girl had reportedly told many in the neighborhood that she saw two men coming out of their house before her elder sister was found dead. But it seems there was no any investigation into this too.

VS slams police

On Tuesday, veteran CPM leader V.S. Achuthanandan too said in the Assembly that the lapses on part of the police caused the death. "The post-mortem report says the younger child was also subjected to sexual abuse. This is a very serious situation," he said, adding stern action should be taken against police personnel who allegedly helped the accused escape.

Cops' haste

The police had not confirmed whether the girls, aged 9 and 11, committed suicide or were murdered. But it seems the cops' haste to wind up the first death as a case of suicide resulted in the second death.

The girls' mother had reiterated that her daughters were murdered and there was no situation that prompted them to commit suicide. The case regarding the death of the elder girl, who was found hanging inside the house in January, resurfaced after her younger sister was also found dead in a similar manner on March 4.

Four in custody

The police on Tuesday took four persons into custody in connection with the cases. While questioning the suspects, police found visuals of sexual assault on one of their mobile phones. One of the four persons in custody was the deceased girls' cousin.

Case rocks assembly

Meanwhile, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday told the Assembly that the culprits would be nabbed. He said the government would maintain a registry of sexual offenders. He was replying to Opposition demand for a House discussion on the deaths.

Achuthanandan said the government should immediately provide financial help to the girls' parents who were daily wage workers.

(With PTI inputs)

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