NEARLY four months after a woman filed a complaint of gangrape against a now-suspended CPI(M) municipal councilor from Thrissur and three others, her two children have claimed that they were tortured by both their parents. Thrissur police have registered a case against the victim and her husband on the basis of the complaint. The children are now looked after by their grandparents.
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According to information, the two children, aged nine and 11 years, on Saturday made a complaint on Childline, the national child helpline and emergency outreach number for children, that their parents physically tortured them when they lived as a family. The siblings subsequently repeated the statement before the police, after which a case was registered against the victim and her husband under various sections of Juvenile Justice Act.
An officer on Tuesday said they would soon record the couple’s statements. “The torture mentioned by the children (allegedly) took place several months ago. We are also looking at whether the complaint has got a political angle, as the accused in the rape case was a political leader. The victim’s parents had also raised allegations against the woman and her husband,’’ the officer said.
In August this year, the woman had told the police that in 2014, P N Jayanthan (28), the CPI(M) councillor from Vadakkencherry in Thrissur, his brother Jithesh (26), and two others had taken her to a deserted building in Thrissur and raped her. She had said the four were family friends.
While Jayanthan had denied the allegation, the CPI(M) had suspended him.
Asked why no arrests were made in the rape case, a source in the police said, “The alleged incident took place two years ago (and) it is difficult to ascertain the case… The victim could not recall the location of the incident, which is another setback for the probe.”