GONE are the days when children were considered as gifts from God and women were revered as mothers and sisters. Now girl children have sadly become lucrative business options for many in India’s most literate state.
The alarming rise in the number of child rape cases is a pointer in that direction. Children as young as 4 years are being raped and brutally killed and the convicts walk free for want of evidence or exploiting the shoddy rape laws. As many as 174 cases of rape of the minor girls were registered with the police during the six-month period from January to June 2011, according to figures released by the state police. The number is very high compared to last few years. The number during the 12-month period in 2010 was 208 and 235 in 2009. The actual number of cases may be very high since all incidents are not reported to the police. A large number of cases are not reported especially those involving the family members. There have also been several cases, in which mothers and fathers selling for prostitution the daughters they are supposed to protect. Several cases of fathers raping and pushing their daughters into flesh trade have been registered during the first six months of the year. A notorious case has been that of a 15-year-old girl from Paravoor. After raping her several times, the father sold his daughter to over 100 people for money. Close on the heels of this, police came across another case in which a 14-year-old from Kothamangalam in Ernakulam district was raped by her father and sold to many. The case came to light a year after the girl was abused. The lure for money, pleasure and fame has emboldened man to commit the sins that he would not have even dared to think two decades ago. The culprits in most cases have been known faces from politics, cinema and business. In some cases, even minor boys were found involved in rape. A glaring case involved the rape and murder of a four-year-old girl by a 13-year-old boy. The boy confessed to the...
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