CBI chargesheet underscores heinous abuse that forced Walayar girls to kill themselves

Palakkad: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has stated in the chargesheet that the two minor sisters, who were found dead at their home in Walayar in 2017, suffered heinous abuse from even those who should have been protecting them. Unable to bear the trauma, they ended their lives, as per the CBI charge-sheet filed in the POCSO special court at Palakkad.

The charge-sheet also remarked that it had been very painful during the investigation to note the ordeal suffered by the two minor girls. It was submitted by T P Ananthakrishnan, the Deputy Superintendent of Police at the special crime cell of CBI's Thiruvananthapuram unit.

Two accused, known as Valiya Madhu and Cheriya Madhu, are close relatives of the children, while another is a close friend of the family. The continued sexual assault and other abuse suffered by children at the hands of blood relatives and those who should be protecting them shocks one’s conscience, the charge-sheet stated.

It needs to be ensured that the perpetrators do not escape the clutches of law. Innocent children mostly fall prey to abuse inside houses and closed rooms. These incidents scar them physically and mentally that haunt them for life.

The next step in the case is issuing summons to the accused after the court accepts the charge-sheet and examines it. The charge-sheet will be made available to the accused as well. And then the re-trial will commence.

Walayar mother
Mother of the two victims at Walayar breaks down. File photo: Manorama

Mother flays CBI haste

The girls' mother, meanwhile, termed it mysterious that the CBI had hastily completed the probe and submitted the charge-sheet in the case.

In a letter to the CBI DySP, the mother alleged that the murder angle was not probed, and that the demand to subject key witnesses, including herself and her husband, to a lie-detector test was also ignored.

In her statement to the CBI, the mother had said that the police had coerced the witnesses, including her, to give false statements. That is why a lie-detector test was sought. When they came for recording statements initially and during the dummy test, she had told the CBI officers that she suspected the children's death to be murder. As a result of the legal battles, the case was handed over to the CBI and therefore the CBI should show the moral responsibility to hear out her and her husband again, the mother demanded.

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