The Madras High Court on Friday directed the Inspector of the All Women Police Station (AWPS) in Denkanikottai, Krishagiri district, to shift all the four accused, arrested for gang raping a differently-abled minor girl, from the Hosur Sub-Jail, to the Salem Central Prison within a week.
Justice TS Sivagnanam gave the direction when the writ petition demanding a CBI probe into the gang rape – from the speech and hearing impaired girl’s father M Veerabatharappa of Keezh Kochavoor village – came up for further hearing.
According to petitioner, an illiterate farmer, his teenaged second daughter, was gang-raped by four known persons in the evening of December 25, 2014. Later, the daughter conveyed through sign language that she was raped by four known persons — Muthapppa, Madhappa, Rudhrappa and Chithalinga.
After running from pillar to post to get the accused punished, he finally gained the support of district president of TN Association for the Rights of All Types of Differently Abled and Care givers and district office-bearers of All India democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), on December 31
Petitioner contended that he and his daughter were taken to the AWPS in Hosur in the midnight of January 1 and tortured. Inspector Jeyam slapped the girl and crushed her little finger of her leg with boots for pursuing the case. Following, an agitation was conducted on January 2, the petitioner came to know through newspapers that a case has been registered for offences under various Sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Four village heads called on the petitioner on January 7 and informed him that his family was ex-communicated for not settling the issue amicably. Hence, he filed a plea seeking transfer of case to the CBI, protection, adequate compensation, medical treatment and appropriate action against the police personnel, who abused the duo.