Mother connives with man to rape daughter
TNN | Jul 19, 2013, 04.35 AM IST
THANJAVUR: A minor girl, who refused to marry a man of her mother's choice, was allegedly raped by him in Thanjavur. What was even more shocking is that the mother herself had reportedly conspired with the accused to rape her daughter in order to force her to agree to the marriage.
The 13-year-old victim is a class eight student of a middle school in Thanjavur. She was raped at her house in Thanjavur on July 9 by Lakshmanan, 27, a resident of Valanadu in Tuticorin. Her mother Gomathi, 43, was hand-in-glove with Lakshmanan to force her daughter, as she had received money from him on the assurance of marrying her daughter to him.
Though the incident took place more than one week back, it came to light only on July 15 as the victim's elder sister informed ChildLine. "The message was received by the Chennai helpline. On information, we started an investigation and brought the matter to light. But, both Gomathi and Lakshmanan absconded during our investigation," P Pathimaraj, executive director SHED INDIA, told TOI.
Meanwhile, a complaint was lodged by the girl's relatives to Thanjavur SP, who in turn ordered the all women police station (AWPS) to expedite the investigation soon. Hence, the AWPS police started a search operation and arrested Gomathi and Lakshmanan in the early hours of Thursday. "Gomathi was booked as prime accused in this case. A case has been registered under Sections 4, 17 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and 506 (ii) of IPC," said V Chandra, the inspector of police, AWPS, Thanjavur.
During the investigation, police found that the girl and her widowed mother were living in the town for the last few years after they left their hometown, Tuticorin. Gomathi had received Rs 25,000 money from Lakshmanan to marry her minor daughter. On July 7, the girl was taken to Tiruchendur by her mother, where they were joined by Gomathi's younger sister and her husband Maharaja. However, the marriage did not take place after the local police intervened in the matter based on information given by Maharaja himself. Maharaja had secretly informed the Tiruchendhur police following a dispute with Gomathi over sharing the money. So, the girl and her mother returned to Thanjavur on July 9.
Frustrated by this, Lakshmanan conspired with Gomathi to conduct the marriage. So, Gomathi supported him to rape her daughter so that she would agree to marry him. On her instruction, Lakshmanan raped the girl at their house. Fearing punishment, both of them left the town. But the girl managed to inform her elder sister who was staying at her aunt's house in Tuticorin. Then, they brought the issue to light.
The arrested were produced in court and remanded in judicial custody. The girl was admitted to the Thanjavur medical college hospital for medical examination.