In another shocking indicator to the moral degeneration of the society, Kuruppampady police registered case against father of a six-year-old girl child for sexually abusing her after giving alcohol.

The accused, who is employed in a soda company at Nellimolam, is absconding. Mother of the kid lodged the complaint on November 26 at Kuruppampady police station and case was registered on the same day. Police sources said that the child had no marks indicating rape on her body during the medical examination conducted at Government Taluk Hospital.

The incident came to light after the kid started showing behavioural changes. She became highly emotional and started throwing tantrums. She also started to sexually approach her younger sister aged 5 years and her mother. The parents were married for seven years, but were separated after two years.

Since the mother had no means of income, the elder child was left with the father six months ago and the sexual abuse is suspected to have happened then. Dr. Ajeesh Ramachandran, psychiatrist with Government Hospital, Aluva, who held counselling sessions with the girl, told The Hindu that the kid showed symptoms of severe mental trauma.

Only after repeated attempts, the girl could start talking about her father giving her alcohol regularly and sexually abusing her. She remembered having pains in private body parts on waking up from alcohol-induced slumber. She also told Dr. Ramachandran about some others known to her father doing the same, but no such statement was given to the police. As of now, the police have registered cases against the father alone under Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act and section 328 of Indian Penal Code for giving liquor to a minor.

Dr. Ramachandran has filed an initial report based on the interview done with the girl and mother to the investigating officer and a detailed follow up report will be filed soon. The child, and the family, might need extended and advanced rehabilitation process, given the trauma she has been subjected to, Dr. Ramachandran said.

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