This father refuses to let go of his daughter’s untimely death and he is now taking the fight to the State government.
C.N. Surendrakumar, father of Shari S. Nair who was the victim of the Kiliroor sex scandal, is now pinning his hope on the assurance given by Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. Mr. Surendran filed a petition before the Minister after he met him at the State Assembly on Wednesday.
Mr. Surendran said he would start a fast unto death if the State did not respond to his demands.
“The Minister said that he would respond to the demands raised in the petition within 10 days and we will plan our future actions on the basis of that,” said P. Geeta, rights activist, who accompanied Mr. Surendran.
The new development came in the light of the girl’s parents raising serious objections to the ongoing probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. “We have lost faith in the CBI inquiry as they have not done anything other than including those we have named in the charge sheet. The CBI team has refused to look into the cause of Shari’s death. We demand that the present CBI team be changed,” he said.
The petition filed on Wednesday said the CBI took up separate inquiries into Kaviyoor and Kiliroor sex scandals even though there were common suspects. While probing the Kiliroor case, CBI refused to go beyond the seven accused named by the complainants and not into the allegations that Shari was subjected to lead poisoning while undergoing treatment, leading to her untimely death. None of the doctors who treated the girl were questioned by the agency, it is pointed out.
The agency also chose to overlook the allegation that she was sexually abused at a resort in Alappuzha owned by Thomas Chandy and did not interrogate Latha Nair, the prime accused in the case. Another major slip that Mr. Surendran alleges on the part of the CBI is the agency’s failure to probe into the allegation Shari's health deteriorated after a VIP visited her in the hospital while her parents were away. Mr. Surendran has given his consent to exhume Shari’s body for a re-post mortem examination if required.
“The first report submitted by the CBI was returned by the court, and the same team of officers were asked to another inquiry, which is highly improper,” said Ms. Geeta.