A 12-year-old girl of Class 7 on Saturday revealed to Childline officials in Kerala that her father pushed her into sex trade two years ago. An official said, “The instances seem to be many and the child seemed to have no count over how many times she got abused.” Police have arrested three men, including the girl’s father. Two arrested other than the girl’s father is a 38-year-old Shaiju Karappan and 36-year-old Ashraf Muhammad Kutty.
The Class 7 girl was being subjected to sexual abuse including rape by many persons over the past two years. This came into light when Childline officials at Malappuram district approached a Class 7 student for counselling on request from her school. They never imagined that it would unravel a heinous crime.
The incident came to light when other parents from the same Taluk informed the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of the child’s school. They suspected she was being subjected to something inappropriate at home.
“The teachers then began to observe the student. She was absent in the school on most days and kept to herself. As the teachers felt that something was bothering the girl, they informed Childline,” said the source.