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Grim stories: Collector M.C. Mohandas and Police Superintendent P. Vijayan speaking to an Adivasi woman at the Aramkunnu Colony of Thazhekode panchayat near Perinthalmanna on Thursday.
Grim stories: Collector M.C. Mohandas and Police Superintendent P. Vijayan speaking to an Adivasi woman at the Aramkunnu Colony of Thazhekode panchayat near Perinthalmanna on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Government plans socio-economic survey to find remedy

MALAPPURAM: Sexual exploitation of Adivasis living in different colonies at Thazhekode panchayat near Perinthalmanna has increased recently with grim stories of unwed mothers and their children sending shock waves through the district administration.

A team of officials that visited the colonies on Thursday was confounded to hear abashing stories of rape, adultery, lechery and incest. The Adivasi women, who were victims of rape and their men’s lust for money, posed a big question before the team led by District Collector M.C. Mohandas.

The district officials immediately drew up a comprehensive plan to save the 45-odd Adivasi families of Thazhekode from the ill reputation they have fallen into.

“What we plan is an integrated approach involving all departments concerned… so that we can give them a lift with the help of the local populace,” said Mr. Mohandas, briefing newspersons at Thazhekkode Village Office.

Specific plan

Accordingly, a comprehensive survey would soon be conducted at Aramkunnu, Melechery, Mullummada, and Panambi colonies in the panchayat.

A specific plan would be put to work on the basis of the survey results, said the officials.

The team, which included Superintendent of Police P. Vijayan and Dy.SP M.R. Maniyan, took statements from the Adivasi victims of sexual abuse. Although their attempt to find a woman who had been pushed into abuse by her father did not succeed, the officials listened to her mother.

Easy money

The woman got pregnant twice and gave birth to a child once. But none knows the fate of that child.

She got Rs.25,000 on two occasions of pregnancy as compensation for rape from the government. And her family found that easy money.

Several other young women in the colony too have got the ‘rape money’ of Rs.25,000 from the government. Local people pointed out that it was the compensation that often drove them into sexual consent.

The plight of a speech-impaired woman in the Melechery colony appeared pathetic. She was in her advanced stage of pregnancy, but did not know the father of her child. She was exploited by a few.

Another woman from the same colony wanted a father for her child.

With the help of social worker K.R. Ravi, she asked the Collector for a DNA test to establish her child’s father. She had got Rs.25,000 from the government.

A woman from Aramkunnu colony looked too young for marriage. But she said she was married to a man from Nemmara two years ago.

Thazhekkode Village Officer Harees Kappoor said those cases were just the tip of the iceberg.

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