As part of his wish to ensure justice to the two sisters who were found hanging at their residence at Attappalam, Walayar in Palakkad District in a mysterious circumstance, eminent Malayalam writer, Prof. MN. Karassery has annouced that he is giving away the Pravasi Kairali Literary Award money of Rs.1 lakh for the funeral expense.
Peeved over the shoddy investigation and the subsequent quashing of the suicide case of the two sisters at Attapallam, near Walayar in Palakkad District, eminent writer and academic, Prof. MN Karassery has donated the prize money of Rs. 1 lakh he received in Oman along with Pravasi Kairali Literary Award for the funeral expenses of these children. The Award was conferred to Prof. MN Karassery by the Indian Social Club in Oman. Prof. MN Karassery bagged the award for the selected literary essays, published by the Kerala Sahithya Academy.
While speaking at the media, Prof. MN Karassery said his decision to donate the money, to be handed over the deceased children’s mother at the time of the funeral, was to resist the inability of the Kerala police in terms of probing the double suicide case, as the police did a shoddy investigation and hence, could not give conclusive evidence to prove that the girls were sexually abused and abetted to commit suicide. This eventually led to the acquittal of the three accused who were earlier arrested by the police.
Prof. MN. Karassery receiving the Pravasi Kairali Literary Award in Muscat, Oman. Video Credits: Media One Television.
The copies of the judgment was pronounced on October 25, 2019 by the First Additional Sessions Court, Palakkad acquitting three accused in the rape-deaths of Walayar siblings. Two sisters, aged 13 and nine were seen hanging on the roof of their house on two different dates. The elder sister was found hanging on the roof of the single room house on January 13, 2017, while the second girl was found hanging almost in similar fashion on March 4, 2017. The police had it that the suicides of the siblings was apparently due to the intolerable sexual assault by the three accused persons. Overall, there were five accused in Walayar Rape-Murder Case that includes a juvenile.
In the case pertaining to the first sister, the police filed chargesheet against accussed persons such as Pradeep Kumar, Valiya Madhu, Kutty Madhu, Shibu and the juvenile boy. The three out of these people, Pradeep Kumar, Valiya Madhu and the juvenile were booked for the second sister’s suicide. The juvenile’s case is being tried before the Juvenile Justice Board. As per the judgments delivered on September 30, Pradeep Kumar was acquitted in both the cases by the Trial Court.
Valiya Madhu was booked for the abatement of suicide and unnatural sex and non-consensual sex with the first victim and he was chargesheeted under Indian Penal Code as well as penetrative sexual assault under Prevention Of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. The police did a sloppy job and the statements of eye witness were inconsistent. There were differences in the accounts given by eye witnesses pertaining to the time of witnessing the sexual abuse by the accused. The court had finally acquitted all the accused stating that there was no scientific evidence to link the accused to the crime. Protests erupted throughout the State and the Government too were under pressure to go in for an appeal and to order for re-investigation of the case. The public demanded nothing short of a judicial inquiry. People from all walks of life came out in the open against the verdict of the court, thus bringing the ruling LDF Government on the defence. The opposition too is protesting against this case throughout the State.
Like others, Prof. MN Karassery too registered his protest against the acquital of the accused, thus not the parents (poor farm labourers) of the deceased girls not getting justice. Upset over the developments, Prof. MN Karassery announced in Muscat that he would donate the prize money he received along with the award to the parents of the victims at least to cover the funeral expenses of these children.
After retiring from the Malayalam Department of the University of Calicut as its head, Prof. MN Karassery had authored many literary works including Research Reports, Essay Collections and translation from other languages to Malayalam. He has published in excess of 60 Malayalam works. Few popular works of Prof MN Karassery are such as Alochana, Makkayilekulla Paatha, Thiruvarul, Mararude Kurukshethram, Chekannoorinte Raktham, Basheerinte Poongaavanam, Theli Malayalam, Vargeeyathaikkethire Oru Pusthakam, Thaimozhi and Malayalam Waaku. You might want to read more about Prof. MN Karassery. Click https://bit.ly/2oIP4gz