In a significant ruling by Kerala’s special Fast Track Court under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), a woman has been sentenced to 40 years of rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of ₹ 20,000. The case, which unfolded between March 2018 and September 2019, involved the accused living with her partner Shishupalan, resulting in repeated and severe abuse inflicted upon her minor daughter.
After leaving her mentally ill husband, the accused cohabited with Shishupalan, who subjected the child to numerous instances of brutal abuse, leading to injuries to the child’s private parts. Shockingly, the mother repeatedly brought the child to Shishupalan’s residence, where he assaulted the minor in her presence.
The ordeal came to light when the victim confided in her elder sister about the abuse upon returning home. Disturbingly, both the minor victims were subjected to maltreatment by Shishupalan, and due to his threats, they remained silent. It was the courageous escape of the elder sister with the victim and seeking refuge at their grandmother’s home that unveiled the horrific incidents.
RS Vijay Mohan, the Special Public Prosecutor, highlighted the gravity of the case, emphasizing the accused’s complicity in the heinous acts perpetrated against her own daughters. The court deemed her actions as a betrayal of motherhood, warranting the maximum penalty.
The trial, tragically, was conducted solely against the mother as the primary accused, as Shishupalan had committed suicide earlier. The victims are currently residing in a children’s home, while the court examined twenty-two witnesses and reviewed thirty-three documents throughout the case.