In Coimbatore, An 11-Year-Old Girl Was Raped By Three Minor Boys In Her Own House. The Criminal Is Getting Younger
In 2012, when the Jyoti Singh was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in Delhi, the nation was forced to face a reality that was often swept under the carpet. It was like someone had thrown ice-cold water in our face that jolted us awake and put things into perspective. Ever since then, we have had lengthy conversations, heated debates and read hundreds of articles that talked and preached about women’s safety and all its different aspects. But if you think about it and I mean really put your mind to it, you will see that all that was just on paper and in reality, we are still standing on the same landmine that blew up in our faces in 2012, we haven’t moved an inch.
Talking about women’s safety and actually getting the ball rolling in that direction are two very different things. After Nirbhaya, we have seen tons of gut-wrenching rape cases- the Unnao case, Priyanka Reddy, the 19-year-old girl who got raped twice in one night, the Kathua case- the cases just keep piling up. The truth is, women’s safety in India is still a distant dream. We are not safe anywhere, not even in our own homes.
Why am I being so cynical and grim? The reason is that another rape case has just come to light and it’s as horrendous as ever, maybe even more. An 11-year-old girl was raped by three school-going boys in her own house.
An eleven-year-old girl was allegedly raped multiple times by her landlord's son and his two friends https://t.co/DUdF8CUBgK
— AdultRapeClinic (@AdultRapeClinic) June 22, 2020
Let me give you some context. 11-year-old Gudiya (name has been changed) stays in a rented accommodation near Sundarapuram locality, Coimbatore with her father and her aunt. Since both of them work, Gudiya is left all by herself in the house a lot. To pass the time, she goes to the landlord’s house (who stays on the ground floor on her building) to watch television.
However, on 20 May when she went to the landlord’s house, she saw that his 16-year-old son Sharman (name has been changed), who is a student of Class 10 in a private school and his 17-year-old friend were all alone in the house and they were watching obscene video’s on Sharman’s mobile phone. Immediately, Gudiya tried to leave and go back to her house the boys wouldn’t let her go and they forced her to watch the videos with them.
Somehow, she left from her landlord’s house and went back to her own which is on the first floor. The boys followed her home and barged into the house. The two of them allegedly raped Gudiya multiple times. According to reports, they also invited another friend of theirs from school to sexually assault Gudiya.
Over the next week, the three accused would visit Gudiya’s house often and force her to watch obscene videos and sexually assault her. They threatened her and told her not to tell anyone what was going on.
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Three schoolboys booked for raping minor girl in Coimbatore; two arrested https://t.co/bD7yHE0JYq
— TOIChennai (@TOIChennai) June 20, 2020
The horrific ordeal only came to light when the 11-year-old complained of stomach aches and was taken to for a medical examination. Upon being questioned by the doctor, she told them what had been happening. The doctor immediately contacted the all-woman police station. And a case under sections 5 and 6 of the POCSO Act has been registered against the three minor accused.
The police have taken Sharman and his 17-year-old friend into custody and both of them have been produced before a juvenile justice board. However, the third friend is absconding.
I keep wondering how three school-going kids can do such a monstrous thing. Is it over-exposure to social media and porn? Or is it something they picked up from some of their peers? We will never know. What we do know is that this is not the first rape case that has come to light where the accused is a minor. Are girls not even safe amongst their own peers now? Actually the right question to ask is, where are we safe if 15 and 17-year-olds are raping girls?
Every few weeks there are new rape cases coming to light and each one is a little worse than the previous one. Are we just going to sit around watching 11-year-old girls get raped in their own houses? We need a revolution.