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Never spoke to Kiliroor girl: Sreemathy

By Our Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, NOV. 24. The AIDWA State secretary, P. K. Sreemathy, and president, M. C. Josephine, have said that they had not gone near or spoken to the Kiliroor sex racket victim, Shari S. Nair, when they called on her last month at the private hospital in Kottayam where she was undergoing treatment.

The AIDWA leaders said they could have only a glimpse of the girl from the door of the intensive care unit and had not even gone close to her bed. "We had just one glimpse of her and we saw her breathing with great effort. We sensed that the girl's life was in danger and said so at the news conference we addressed at Kottayam the same day," Ms. Sreemathy said.

Not revealed

They also disclosed that the girl's mother, with whom they had spent nearly an hour, had told them the names of persons who had sexually exploited her daughter. They did not reveal these names at the news conference only because there was no certainty that the persons mentioned by the woman were indeed those who had exploited the girl and they did not wish to punish someone who might be innocent of the charge. They had done the same in the case of the victim in the Thoppumpady sex racket. The girl had mentioned certain names, but they did not reveal these to anyone because it was for the police to trace the guilty, they said and added that if the investigating agencies approached them, they would pass on the names mentioned by the Kiliroor girl's mother to them.

Best treatment

The AIDWA leaders said the doctor, who had treated the girl at the private hospital, had told them that no better treatment could be given to her anywhere else. He had also told them that frequent visits by VIPs was hindering the treatment. The media was distorting all these facts to find scapegoats. The Government should immediately seize the hospital records so that any lapse on the part of the hospital could be detected, they added.

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