She was not yet 7 years…Raped
Krishnakumari Dushyanthi is yet not 7 years of age. She is what one would call 6 years plus. She lived along Kirula Road, Kirulapone. She accompanied her mother and her 10 year old sister to the church festival at Kirulapone on the 30th of June. They watched the procession and went to her Aunt’s place around 8.30 pm. At her Grand-Aunt’s residence Krishnakumari was fed a meal of rice and curry by her very young aunt (Raveendran’s sister) who is just 12 years of age. Whilst all were partaking in the meal Krishnakumari’s Uncle Raveendran (18) returned home.
As usual Raveendran placed Krishnakumari on his lap and was playing with her. Raveendran was after liquor that night. Whilst all were busy eating and chatting away Raveendran carried Krishnakumari out from where all were seated but one pair of hawk eyes noticed them. Those belonged to her cousin who was feeding her. Krishnakumari followed her Uncle out of the house and Raveendran called his neighbour Ramesh to join them. About five hundred metres away the two of them together with the little girl came across another friend. He too joined them. The three youngsters took Krishnakumari along Thalakotuwa Gardens to a patch of land which was unlit and raped her. When Krishnakumari started to wail through pain Raveendran left her in charge of his friends and went back to his house.
There was chaos at the house. Krishnakumari’s mother and others were searching for her. Raveendran noticing the commotion went back to Thalakotuwa Gardens only to confront Krishnakumari crying in a loud voice…“Amma….Amma”. Between the commotion at the house and the wails of the child, Raveendran had to make a decision. It was a decision made in haste to cover his tracks. Fearing that the lass would spill the beans to the parents the three youth lifted her and threw her into the nearby canal.
A woman resident in the vicinity had heard the cries of Krishankumari.“Amma….Amma…”’ and then the silence that followed. Her suspicions aroused, the woman called the Narahenpita Police. She was not to know that the most dastardly act had been completed by then. By the time the parents complained to the Kirulapone Police about the missing child the time was about 10.30 p.m. By the time the Narahenpita Police informed the Kirulapone Police of report, the inquiries into the missing child had just begun. The Police visited Thalakotuwa Gardens and made a thorough search. They first stumbled upon a small child’s slipper. Krishnakumari’s mother, K. Mary identified her daughter’s slipper.
Raveendran too showed great concern and effort to search for the missing child but his body language was not lost on those who joined the search nor the Police.
Later that night the Police visited Raveendran’s house and took him to the Police Station for interrogation. It was during the inquiry that Raveendran found out that his younger sister had noticed Krishnakumari following her brother out of the house and said as much to the Police. Raveendran broke down during the intense interrogation and confessed to this dastardly crime.
Raveendran and his two mates have been remanded.
Neighbours who are distrought and concerned elders feel that little children should never be away from their mothers. A lesson well learnt. The medical report on this child showed that she has been subjected to rape over a period of a month and this was not the first instance."