13 years after rape, mother and 11 others booked in POCSO case

Isabel Richardson, one of those arrested, had come out on bail recently after being jailed in a similar case in 2021.

Published: 02nd April 2022 06:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2022 06:46 AM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: Mustering courage after 13 years, a woman filed a complaint of rape, torture and abetment against her mother, relatives and two women who were in-charges of a private child care home where she had stayed. Police arrested three out of the 12 people named in the FIR. Isabel Richardson, one of those arrested, had come out on bail recently after being jailed in a similar case in 2021.

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The victim, now 21 years old, in her complaint on Thursday to Child Welfare Committee (CWC) member N Lalitha, said her father died in 2009 when she was a minor and she began living with her uncle Desappan and aunt Revathy. While Desappan raped her, Revathy allegedly tortured her by spraying chilli powder on her private area, whenever she complained. 

“When the victim complained to her mother, she had told the victim that it was all normal and it was her responsibility to go through it,” Lalitha who assisted in filing a police complaint, told TNIE. While studying Class 8, the victim left the house and joined a child’s home. However, the victim’s mother, with the help of police personnel, brought the child back to her home. She was allegedly beaten and raped by Desappan’s friends Siva, Srinivasan and Ramesh. After the victim got pregnant, her mother had helped in aborting the child. 

A few years ago, the victim sought help from women police personnel who enrolled her in the Madras Christian Council of Social Service (MCCSS). But her woes didn’t end there. Two workers at the home, Prasanna and Alex raped her with the help of fellow workers Fathima and Suganthi, the FIR says. Former secretary of MCCSS Josephine and present secretary Isabel Richardson allegedly concealed the information, said the police. Based on the victim’s complaint, an All-Women Police station registered a case under POCSO Act, JJ Act and IPC. Police have also arrested the victim’s mother and aunt. 

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