Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday directed to arrest the six accused in the Walayar rape case, who were acquitted by a lower court.
The HC order comes after the state government field an appeal against the lower court verdict. The HC order directed the six accused to be presented before the trial court and let out on bail.
Earlier, the Palakkad district POCSO court had acquitted the accused for want of evidence. However, this prompted protests that lapses by police and prosecution had resulted in the accused being acquitted. Family members of the girls also staged protests.
As protests intensified, the government decided to file an appeal against the lower court verdict. Parents of the girls also filed an appeal demanding the same.
It must be remembered that the two girls, aged 13 and nine, were found hanging inside their house respectively in January and March, 2017. Police nabbed the accused after protests intensified.
Though the case was registered for raping and murdering the girls, the lower court acquitted the six accused for want of evidence.