When 43-year-old Aamina, a resident of Omissery in Kerala’s Kozhikode district enquired why her 10-year-old son Ameen* wouldn’t go back to his Madarassa (institution for the study of Islamic and religious law), Aamina wasn’t prepared for what was to follow.
Not only was she taken aback at learning that her son, who studies in class 5, had been sexually abused by a senior male student at his present school, but that her son had to undergo similar experience at his previous school too.
On Thursday, two separate cases under POCSO Act were filed at Mukkam police station and Kunnamangalam police station in Kozhikode, one against a senior student and another against the hostel warden.
“The boy was sexually abused by a senior B.Com student at his current school. During the course of speaking to the boy, he revealed that he was subjected to a similar experience by the hostel warden of his previous school. We then directed the family to lodge a second complaint at the jurisdictional Kunnamangalam station,” Sub-Inspector of Mukkam station told The News Minute.
According to Abdul Rahman, Ameen’s maternal uncle, the abuse took place in the course of the last two years. After the teachers at his previous Madarassa in Madavoor complained that Ameen was poor in studies, the family got him admitted to another school in Mukkam six months ago.
“He would come home during the weekends and refuse to go back to school. We used to think that it was because he was disinterested in studies that he did not want to return to the school. Despite admitting him to a new school, there was no change in his behaviour. It never crossed our minds that he would be subjected to something as heinous and traumatic as this,” Abdul Rahman told TNM.
"The boy's father is working abroad and my sister is now terrified about her son's safety and education. After all, it has never been easy for anyone to reveal such an incident and continue to live peacefully in the society without any social stigma," he said.
*Name changed to protect identity.