Story of a lost journalist

July 27, 2008

Little girls in Kerala, victims of terrible fate

Filed under: life,My Musing Moments — Cris @ 00:58
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The thing I thought I will blog about today was when for an interview, Kavya Madhavan (Malayalam movie actor) said about the old times when young girls had only to worry about kidnappers who in the words of old Grandmothers “kannu kuthi pottikum (poke your eyes)”. And Kavya went on “Not like today, to do these bad things”. She was right. I too had my childhood around the same time. We only feared things like that which happened to Revathy in Kakothikaavile Appoopanthaadikal (Malayalam movie of 80s, where, as a child, she gets kidnapped by a beggar). Not that it was anything holy, but it sounds more human in these days.

So I was thinking why did things like this and this happen so often now and suddenly all over in Kerala. Surely people all over the place can’t suddenly turn evil. Yeah I realize there have been perverts all the time but it never occurred to them to target little girls. So what was the provocation now? And my answer was again coming back to the same old media hype.

Yes, I agree these things have to be brought to light and people made aware of, so they will take care of their little kids more intensely. But the bad part of letting people know is giving ideas to already twisted minds. They get it in their heads “Ahh so there are little girls younger than teenagers I never thought of before”.

So what I think should be done is give more attention to the punishment to these crimes more than the crime itself. So the idea-getters get into their head that its no game of tom and jerry playing with little kids. But this, Amma pointed out when I told her, was not happening a lot. It took years to bring a case to light, have the people arrested and put them into jail. And even then somehow these people get acquitted of the crime in the end. So publicizing the results may infact lead to encouraging others more.

Now it has come to this. I can’t find enough arguments to tell Amma it’s alright to let me go out alone and worse part is I don’t feel like arguing. But then recently when in a case involving the rape and death of a little girl, the accused had come clean of charges, the father, Sankaranarayanan, had gone ahead and killed him. When convicted he got many letters of appreciation from many young women all over the state. He was released a couple of years later. That he did that much for the little girl makes me believe in hope. I realize that’s not how the system works, that revenge is not the solution and murder not an answer. But where law lets the guy who killed his little girl, walk out a free man, he reacted; he killed. And in my eyes, he is a hero. He gives me hope.



  1. Hmm …its really sad .

    Comment by justajester — July 27, 2008 @ 07:43 | Reply

  2. Ah..This is indeed the greatest and most evil crime..When something goes wrong,most men and many women find it easy to make comments that “Its bcoz of “provocating” dress code of girls that ends up in rape.How easily is rape justified! I always wonder how on earth men can relieve their sexual tension upon little girls.Leave aside the story”Dn’t u have mom and sister in your house” bcoz these days,people dn’t even differentiate between wife and daughter uh??

    I have read news about little girls of 1-2 yrs getting raped..What the hell are men seeking from babies.God,this world is too dagerous to live on.From birth to death,women have to lead a life looking right and left and runnign away from retards ..

    To end my non stop rant regarding this topic,I want all such men to be castarated,in public, the very moment so that all thier so called extra sexual tensions are relieved for ever.Also,there should be a non-removable tatoo “rapist” on his forehead so that he’ll die os shame..That is the punishment he deserves.Hanging to death or putting in jail is not at all a punishment..He can live eating and sleeping inside jail.By death,he wn’t know the pain.But otherwise,he’ll always remeber his sin and it will be a lesson to others..

    Apart from men,there are women who have supporting role in such cases..They should be shot dead..Nothing more ,nothing less..

    Sorry I sounded rude and silly..But being a human,When I read all this,it just sickens and frightens me..I dn’t know how will I raise my baby girl among these perverts..

    Note:All men who have extra sexual tension should go to whores who are ready for that..not to little girls and women who lead a life.

    Comment by Nimmy — July 27, 2008 @ 11:23 | Reply

  3. A relevant look at the crimes of yesteryears and the current, Cris.

    Social conditioning has a major role to play in criminal psychology. Even never-before-existed concepts germinate in a suitable mind, when planted with the seed of an idea. Child molestation was alien in our society sometime ago, as probably the general mass never gave it a thought, or may be our society lacked a ‘better class’ of criminal who pondered beyond what generally went around. May be there were cases, but the media was not really as deep, wide and spread as it is today, so the concept which germinated in some criminal’s head never got to others’ who had the potential to work on it further.

    In the meanwhile, the outside world had enough cases of this genre (different cultures inspire different criminal psychologies), and when time bridged the media-gap, new ideas came into this seemingly orthodox land, tingling several brains with wider perspectives, broader visions, and new crimes. Soon the entire world would have similar kind of crimes everywhere… one invents a new crime at a corner of the world, the media incubates the idea into a variety of criminal minds around the globe, and the next day, the same, or a variation is reported at the other corner of the world.

    N.B. this is not a criticism on media – media is like rain; the same rain drops, when upon a grain of rice yields food to many; but on a weed, it grows to suck out life from all surrounding it.

    Comment by Tedy Kanjirathinkal — July 27, 2008 @ 16:35 | Reply

  4. An acquaintance who works for an NGO tells me that child abuse was/is rampant in Kerala than any other state. In fact she says it was really bad in the 60’s and 70’s. But the fear of society coupled with the child not being taken seriously by parents, led this crime to go unnoticed for years. Much has been written about the perverseness’s of Malayalee men…much needs to be done about it before things get really bad!

    Comment by silverine — July 27, 2008 @ 18:45 | Reply

  5. I agree that child abuse, rape and molestation must never be condoned and deserve the harshest possible punishment. But, I do not agree with Tedy in it that it was alien to our society sometime back. As far as sexuality is concerned, we Indians are perhaps the most hypocritical of races. We will refuse to accept its existence until it slaps us in the face, as in these cases. Child abuse exists in India just as it exists in other societies. The media is simply bringing them to the public. There are perverts among us. It is our duty to protect our children from them and for the courts to award death sentence whenever such a criminal is found guilty.

    Comment by Amrutha — July 27, 2008 @ 21:50 | Reply

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  7. I think all these happened before also, but only now they are getting reported. As you said, the media reports may give new ideas to perpetrators. Sad 😦

    Comment by Bindhu — July 28, 2008 @ 12:21 | Reply

  8. @justajester, yes it is…

    @Nimmy, I share your exact feelings one hundred percent

    @Tedy, yes thats what I felt too, what I meant to convey.

    @silverine, ahh I missed this comment.  Hmm I guess thats why my parents as well as my generation as kids never heard of it. Sad.

    @Amrutha, I was talking more about Kerala than India, but then I realize now it applies to all of India. When I said it was not known to the world sometime back I meant my childhood when though kidnapping was a renowned fear, child molestation was not so heard of. The media did not have everyday’s paper filled with the tragic death of an innocent little girl; and if such incidents did happen, it must have went unknown or as a rare case scenario. This is just from my experience and stories I heard as a kid, could be wrong. Ok I just read silverine’s comment and understand this was more hushed up than never-occured. So media or no media, things can go bad anywhere and anytime…

    @Bindhu, hmm so says Amrutha too. And silverine. I assumed it didnt cause I never heard of them as a child. And yes it is sad. Quite.

    Comment by Cris — July 28, 2008 @ 14:18 | Reply

  9. SAD!
    I fully agree to what Nimmy said. Such criminals should live rather die rest of their life in utter misery and pain.

    Comment by rose — July 29, 2008 @ 22:33 | Reply

  10. It may happening before media-age. But there was no one to give reports or may be parents feared to reveal it. I agree with Nimmy , capital punishment is not enough for these retards. Permanent shame filled life is the perfect punishment.
    If we analyze such cases, most of the convicts seems to have this problem as a habit. May be its a mental problem. Whatever it is , parents/friends of them may be able to understand it before it becomes a public problem. Like, most of them shows signs of aggressive sexual behavior right when they are young. If treated young, it saves life of that individual as well as several other innocents.

    Comment by Srijith — July 29, 2008 @ 23:14 | Reply

  11. @rose, yes I too agree with Nimmy. They dont deserve death!

    @Srijith, yes I agree these people have serious mental problems. Maybe yes, if parents took them to be treated, things may have become better for them and the rest of the world… But till date, I have never known such a case being treated..

    Comment by Cris — July 30, 2008 @ 01:11 | Reply

  12. A minority of them may be getting treatment. We never know as they dont want us to know! 🙂

    Comment by Srijith — July 30, 2008 @ 01:15 | Reply

  13. the story of sankaranarayanan reminded me of a tamil movie which kamalhassan did. cant quite remember the name of it.. mahanadi? dunno..

    you’re right, even i wonder about it when such news is being telecasted, that they should be highlighting more on the punishment, than just accusing the victims that ‘they should’ve been more careful’.. which could actually act as deterrants, than giving more ideas to twisted minds that they can do anything they want and get away with it.

    Comment by usha — July 31, 2008 @ 09:35 | Reply

  14. @Srijith, yeah good point!

    @usha, yes! Sometimes I wish we had hard-core stringent punishments like in Gulf countries! But when I think about innocent men suffering, I am not quite so sure.

    Comment by Cris — August 2, 2008 @ 20:28 | Reply

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