Longing for a respectable social life, the victim of one of the biggest sex scandals reported in Kerala has pleaded with the state government to speed up trials in the 42 pending cases.
The woman of Paravur sex racket, who is now 18, had been ravaged by about 150 people for nearly two years from 2009, when she was a minor. After the government defaulted on payment to the public prosecutor in six cases that were taken up at the special court last month, trials in the other cases were postponed until further notice.
Shattered by the development, the victim, housed in a shelter for minors in Kochi, has written to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that she fears it might take up to 20 years to complete the court proceedings if the trials continue at their present pace.
“When I was 14 years old, I was sold to 150 persons by my father, my mother, and other sex racketeers. I cannot explain the trauma I helplessly suffered for two years as they ruthlessly abused me,” she has written.
“In 2011, I was forced to complain against my father to the local mosque committee after he continued to sell me disregarding the fact that I was not well (she had developed skin disease because of frequent physical contact with multiple people). Subsequently, police registered a case, which was handed over to the crime branch.
“I am now 18 years old. As per the norms, I should not stay at this shelter after reaching the age of 18. But I have been kept in this house at the instance of the police, who have said that there is a threat to my security.
“There is no one to take care of me. Good-hearted police personnel have helped me get medical treatment and continue my studies. Since I could not go out to attend regular classes, I studied on my own and secured more than 60 per cent marks in my Class 11 exams. The assistant commissioner, who is probing the case, gave me books for Class 12. But I have no facilities to study. About 120 inmates stay at the shelter which has facilities for only 40.
“I am craving to lead a respectable life after pursuing studies. But because of security reasons, I can’t go to any educational institution. There is nobody to bear the expenses for my studies. I am longing to climb up the ladder of life after pursuing studies.
“But I can study only after the pending cases are over. The cruelty I am facing in the court during the trial is much harsh than the harrowing days I had with those who abused me. What kind of questions am I facing from the lawyers of the accused? Those who ravaged me are roaming freely, while I am confined in this asylum pending the cases. I can’t move out, I can’t study… If the cases are taken up for hearing at this pace, it will take 20 years for me to finally walk out of court. That situation terrifies me.
“I want the cases to be over at the earliest. To all those who assaulted me, I want to show that I am leading a respectable, successful life. To study further and to lead a decent life, I want speedy disposal of the cases. I plead with you to help me.”