In a major embarrassment to the State Government, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes ( NCSC ) is to summon the Kerala Director General of Police and the Chief Secretary to explain lapses in the Walayar case where two minor girls were sexually assaulted, leading to their death two years ago.
The prosecution failed to get the accused convicted and all four were acquitted by the Palakkad POCSO Special Court very recently.
The commission, which observed grave wrong-doings on the part of the police and the prosecution in handling the case, is to summon the two top officials to its headquarters in Delhi.
The agencies - police and prosecution - handled the case without any seriousness, NCSC deputy chief L Murukan told mediapersons after visiting the house of the deceased girls.
To make matters worse for the Government, Union Minister of State V Muraleedharan sought urgent intervention of the National Commission for Child Rights in the matter. He had a meeting with commission chairperson Priyank Kanoogo. He also wanted the commission to send a special team to Walayar to look into the matter.
The issue has been snowballing into a crisis with violent protests, spearheaded by the Congress and the BJP, across the State.