Social Issues

Chennai Shocker: 11-Year-Old Rape Survivor To Receive Counselling

The court is not taking a suo moto notice though.

An 11-year-old girl in Chennai, who was allegedly raped by around 22 men in the last seven months in her apartment complex, will be receiving counselling through the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). According to reports, on Wednesday the court directed that the child should be given counselling within 24 hours.

This need for counselling was brought to attention by AP Suriyaprakasam, an advocate, and A Narayanan, an activist, who said that the child needs immediate counselling after such an incident.

In what has come out as a shocking revelation, the 11-year-old girl, who is hearing impaired, told her story after being forced to remain silent for seven months. She lives in a gated community and was reportedly frequently assaulted. She told her story to her sister when she came down to Chennai from Delhi and complained of a stomach ache. Soon after she opened up, the family went on to lodge a complaint at an all-women police station in Ayanavaram. On Sunday, the girl’s parents took her to Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital for treatment where it was found out that several men raped her.

Reports revealed that the men would drug her with injections, spiked soft drinks and other substances, and would sometimes film themselves raping her. This was followed by blackmail, where they warned her that if she spoke about this, they would release the videos.

Ravi, a 66-year-old lift operator, would lead the child as soon as she alighted from her school van to the basement, public washrooms, the terrace and gym, where he and other men would rape her. It is believed that since most of the apartments were left vacant, it wasn’t that difficult for the men to sexually assault the 11-year-old girl.

It has come to light that most of these men who had allegedly raped her are the security guards, plumbers, and maintenance staff all from around and in the complex.

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