KAKKANAD: The four young girls who had run away from the children’s home at Kakkanad were nabbed by the police on Saturday.
Later, the girls told reporters that the senior inmates of the children’s home had forced them to have physical relation with them, prompting them to run away. “The senior inmates here forced us to have physical relation with them several times. When we resisted, they attacked us. Besides, we were mentally harassed regularly,” they alleged. Two of the girls are studying in Class-X, while the other two students of Class-VIII and Class-IX, respectively. They also levelled charges against the officials of the children’s home. According to them, the officials used to torture them physically.
“The warden compelled us do hard work. But, whenever we approached the warden for any medical aid she did not take us to the hospital,” said one of the girls. The girls also alleged that Child Welfare Committee (CWC) did not take any initiative to resolve their problems. “The officials prevented us from talking to our parents when they came to meet us. We could not bear the torture anymore, and decided to escape from here.
“If we are compelled to stay here we will not have any other option but to commit suicide. We had raised these issues before the CWC officials, but they did nothing,” another girl alleged. The girls escaped earlier in the day after sprinkling chili powder on the face of the gatekeeper.One of the girls was caught in front of the gate itself, while the second and third were caught from the compound of the Kerala Press Academy. Even though the fourth child managed to escape in an autorickshaw, the Police caught her from Athani near Kakkanad.“We followed her after the autorickshaw drivers informed about the girl. Later we traced her from Athani near Kakkanad,” said Kalamassery circle-inspector Sajan Xavier.