Rape case against Charitable Trust proprietor’s husband in Kottayam
Kottayam: The Kottayam women police have registered a rape case against the husband of a proprietor of a women protection centre following complaint from one of the inmates.
A case has been registered against the husband of the proprietor of ‘Santhwanam’ charitable trust. The complaint to the Chief Minister, Child Line and Child Welfare Committee was filed by a young woman from Idukki.
The case was registered based on the statement of the complainant. She alleged that more inmates at the centre had faced similar experience. The complaint was filed on June 23, 2020. The complainant, who did not have any kin, had been saying at the centre for the last 12 years.
According to the complaint, the young woman was taken to the proprietor’s residence for household works. Several days ago, the young woman was called to take care of the proprietor’s mother who is bedridden.
One day when the proprietor was not at home, her husband conversed in sexually explicit language with the young woman and raped her. Later, the young woman stayed inside the proprietor’s bedridden mother’s room to save herself.
The next day, when she was brought to the institution, she told the proprietor and other inmates about the incident. From then on, the proprietor changed her behaviour towards the young woman. After the young woman’s revelation, the proprietor’s husband started visiting the institution frequently. Following this, the young woman filed the complaint.
Acting on the complaint, a team of officials led by Child Welfare Committee president Advocate Sheeja Anil came to ‘Santhwanam’ charitable trust on Saturday and collected evidence. The Women and Child Development department also held inquiries.
Following a report from the Child Protection officer that it was not safe for young women to stay in the institution, the Child Welfare Committee shifted 17 young women from ‘Santhwanam’ to another facility.
A decision on sending the young woman back to ‘Santhwanam’ charitable trust will be taken after a detailed police investigation. The Child Welfare Committee has handed over information collected from the complainant and her statement to the police.
However, the proprietor of ‘Santhwanam’ charitable trust said that the young woman filed the complaint against her husband over differences with her.