Girl who was attacked in Venjaramoodu | Photo: Screengrab/ Mathrubhumi News
Thiruvananthapuram: A man allegedly barged into the house of a school student in Venjaramoodu and attacked her for handing over information regarding drug peddling to the excise department. The girl and her younger sister have reportedly stopped going school in fear of threats from drug peddlers in the region. She accused police of inaction despite lodging a complaint.
An awareness session by the excise department inspired the Plus Two student to give a secret report regarding drug peddling in her locality. Though she rang up the contact number given by the excise officials, they did not take up the call. Hence, she contacted the police and passed the information to the excise.
Soon, excise conducted a raid in the suspected regions and irked by this, accused Murukan allegedly arrived at the complainant’s house and started showering verbal abuse at the girl. He unleashed the attack when her mother asked him to leave their house. The girl’s mother was also attacked with a hoe handle at their residence.
The girl sustained injuries on her back and ear while her mother’s hand was broken in the assault. The family sought treatment at Kanyakulangara hospital from where the authorities referred them to Govt Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.
The girl alleged that police refused to register a case over the incident. Venjaramoodu police said that no case could be filed for attacking children and if necessary, a defamation case could be registered, she said. The school authorities and the ward member have intervened to provide legal aid for the complainant. There has been no clarity on how her identity was revealed to the drug peddlers.