Kerala

Torture of children: HC initiates suo motu case

Concerned over the horrendous incident in which two children from Thodupuzha were tortured by their mother’s partner, the Kerala High Court on Friday initiated suo motu proceedings to monitor the investigation into the incident.

The proceedings were initiated on the basis of a letter addressed to the Chief Justice by Justice Devan Ramachandran drawing attention to the horrendous torture of two minors by their mother’s partner Arun Anand, who was now arrested. It was revealed during the investigation that the boy’s four-year-old younger brother had been sexually abused by the accused.

The letter pointed out that the health condition of the seven-year-old boy was precarious and he was battling for his life in a private hospital. It said the torture suffered by the children had shocked public conscience and the court had a definite role to play to protect the liberties of the citizen, especially the children.

Therefore, the Judge requested that suo motu case be initiated in the matter, not merely to ‘lead the necessary legal consequences to its desired end,’ but also to serve as a fitting deterrent in future, ensuring effective systemic mechanisms against every kind of child abuse.

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