Walayar siblings death case: Kerala high court accepts plea challenging acquittal of accused
One of the two siblings, a 13-year-old minor girl allegedly committed suicide in January 2017 while the younger 9-year-old girl was found dead almost two months later
Kochi: The Kerala high court on Wednesday (November 13) accepted the appeal of victims' mother in the Walayar siblings death case. The court also issued a notice to the accused and the government that it is considering the appeal filed by the mother.
In October, a special court acquitted three accused in the alleged sexual assault and murder of two minor girls in Walayar in 2017.
The Palakkad POCSO court acquitted them, citing lack of substantial scientific and circumstantial evidence that linked the accused to the alleged sexual assault and murders. The acquittals had led to massive protests in the state, with several political parties accusing the police of intentionally botching up the case.
Three persons had allegedly raped a 9-year-old and a 13-year-old girl, who were sisters, in Palakkad. The 13-year-old minor girl allegedly committed suicide in January 2017 while the younger 9-year-old girl was found dead almost two months later.
Police arrested three men identified as V Madhu, Shibu, and M Madhu and charged them under various Sections of the Protection of Child against Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.
Post-mortems found that both the girls were subjected to sexual assault.