Right of female child always staked to peril: Madras High Court expresses anguish over rising instances of child sexual assault by known persons
The Madras High Court has voiced its dismay at the rising number of cases of minors being sexually abused by someone they know, despite the existence of tough legislation (Mookan @ Murugan v. State). The Court made the remarks while upholding a man's conviction and sentence for raping his 11-year-old relative. Female children's rights are always under jeopardy, according to Justice K Murali Shankar. He went on to say that such heinous acts have a profound effect on the minds of the children who are victims. The right to a female kid is always jeopardised. Despite the harsh rules and penalties, the rise in the number of incidents of children being sexually abused by known people is alarming and frightening. Such heinous deeds leave a lasting impression on a child's psyche, traumatising her for a long time, if not her entire life, and hurting her physically as well as psychologically, according to the ruling. The High Court upheld the accused/10-year appellant's rigorous jail term imposed by a Pudukottai trial court, citing the accused/"most appellant's despicable and shameful behaviour." "There can be no keener revelation of a society's character than the way it treats its children," Justice Shankar said, quoting Nelson Mandela.
In this case, the appellant was convicted in 2016 under Section 376(2)(f) of the Indian Penal Code (rape on a woman under the age of twelve). Her parents had gone to a condolence meeting while she was at school. The appellant is accused of lifting the juvenile girl while she was sleeping at home in 2010, taking her to a field, and sexually assaulting her. When the youngster raised her voice in protest, the appellant allegedly threatened to murder her. Her mouth was shut and her hands were restrained. The woman was bitten on the chest as well as the rest of her body. The appellant slapped her cheek when she wept, the Court was told. The appellant's conviction in the case by the trial court was contested in the High Court. The Court dismissed the appeal because the sexual assault was shown by medical evidence.