Thiruvananthapuram: A court here on Monday found five people guilty in Kiliroor sex case, in which a teenaged girl who was sexually exploited in 2003 died a year later following complications after delivering a child.
A Central Bureau of Investigation court here, which exonerated one person in what is known as the Kiliroor sex case, will pronounce the sentences on Wednesday.
The case had hogged the headlines since the victim, Shari S Nair, who was exploited in the guise of being promised roles in films and TV serials, died in 2004. The then leader of opposition, VS Achuthanandan, had publicly said that there was a VIP involved in the case and if elected, he would order the arrest this individual.
Achuthanandan was in office 2006-2011 but there was no movement forward and the CBI investigations also did not touch on the role of a VIP.
Among those who have been found guilty is Latha Nair, the woman who is alleged to have taken Shari to various places where she was exploited.
The others found guilty are Prasanth, Kochumon, Manoj and Praveen, who informed the court that he is the father of Shari`s daughter, who is now in the custody of the deceased`s parents.
Praveen, in an interview to a TV news channel Monday, said that Shari and he were in love and were planning to get married.
"I used to visit her home and her parents were well aware of our relations. They were for our relationship, but all of a sudden after Shari`s death, changed their minds. Irrespective of what today`s verdict is going to be, I will approach the family court to get possession of my daughter because I don`t want her to be under the influence of Shari`s parents," Praveen said.
Shari`s mother, however, told reporters that all this was baseless.
"We came to know only in the hospital that Shari was pregnant. He has never come to our home. At no cost will we ever give possession of our granddaughter to him. If any court is going to rule that, all three of us (my husband, the child and myself) of will commit suicide," Shari`s mother said.
Shari`s father Surendran told reporters after the verdict that he would appeal against it in the Kerala High Court because the investigations had not gone to the heart of the matter.
"The CBI never dealt with the death of my daughter. Moreover, the CBI has named only ordinary people who exploited my daughter as the accused. We all know there are many more people who have exploited her and this includes some bigwigs. We also want to know about that" Surendran said.