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Kerala: Woman gets 40 years in jail for allowing lovers to sexually assault her minor daughters

It was reported that the accused had left her mentally ill husband to stay with the lovers who targeted both her daughters.

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By: Shubham Ghosh

A SPECIAL fast-Track Court in the southern Indian state of Kerala has sentenced a woman to 40 years of rigorous imprisonment and slapped her with a fine of Rs 20,000 in a case under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) case on Monday (27).

It was reported that between March 2018 and September 2019, the accused, who had left her mentally ill husband to live with her two lovers one of whom was named Shishupalan, allowed them to brutally abuse her younger minor daughter several times. The child’s private parts also suffered injuries.

The mother repeatedly took the child to Shishupalan’s house and he assaulted the child in her presence, Asian News International reported.

When the woman’s elder daughter, aged 11, came home, the younger one told her about the abuse. However, the elder sister was also allegedly abused by Shushupalan. The two sisters did not disclose the ordeal as he had threatened them. The children, however, managed to escape from the house of the accused and went to their grandmother’s house and told her about the abuse they faced. The grandmother then revealed it in public and moved the two sisters to a children’s shelter.

The children revealed the incident during the counselling held there.

RS Vijay Mohan, special public prosecutor, told ANI, “The mother has been convicted for 40 years and Rs 20 thousand penalties for this offence. The offence is the abuse of two girls, daughter of the accused. They have been sexually and brutally abused by the lovers of the accused. The original husband of the accused is a mental patient. Because of that she left the home with the children and was staying with two lovers.”

“First lover, Sisupalan brutally abused the girl when she was seven years and was studying in first standard. That time the victim has told the entire incident to the accused but she did not do anything and she helped the other lover to abuse the victim. Judge R Rekha found that the accused is an entire shame to the motherhood and she deserves no apology and maximum sentence was given to her,” he added.

During the trial, Sishupalan committed suicide. The trial was thereafter held only against the mother. The children are currently living in a children’s home.

Twenty-two witnesses were examined and thirty-three documents were submitted in the case.

(With ANI inputs)

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