Panaji: Goa Children`s court today framed
charges against a 65-year-old former bureaucrat and his two
young sons for allegedly sexually abusing a minor girl who
died after consuming poison four years back.
Children`s court President P V Sawaikar framed charges
against former state director of civil supplies Goerge Thomas
Kuruvilla and his two sons, Suraj (25) and Sham (21) for
allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, who was staying
at their residence at Sangolda village.
The court also charged Kuruvilla`s wife, Lezata
Mascarenhas, in this case under Goa Children`s Act.
Charges under section 305 of IPC (abetment of
suicide), Section 8 (9) and 7 (5) of Goa Children`s Act for
keeping the minor girl in the house without legal permission
and her sexual abuse were framed in this case.
The girl, who was given to the Kuruvillas by an
orphanage run by missionaries, had died on December 13, 2006,
at Goa medical college and hospital after consuming poison.
The post-mortem conducted on the body had reported old
tears on her hymen.
According to the prosecution, the nun attached to the
orphanage had met the girl earlier in September 2006, wherein
the victim had alleged that the couple was harassing her.
She had also said that she was not happy with the
couple and did not want to stay with the Kuruvilla family.
She had complained that the couple was beating her up and was
making her to do housework, the prosecution said.