THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A member of the Arakkulam panchayat in Idukki district has been arrested for sexually abusing a six-year-old girl. The UKG student, belonging to a Nepali family living in the Moolamattam Power House area for the past 35 years, was abused by her neighbour Shaji Kadalikkadam, a member of the Kerala Congress (M).The Child Welfare Committee has registered a case under Section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act. Kanjaar Police said that Shaji was arrested on May 5 and was remanded to judicial custody till May 19. The child was later produced before Prof Kochuthresia, member of the Child Welfare Committee. The accused was arrested based on the report of the medical officer of Taluk Hospital which recorded bruises and infection on the child’s genital area. However, the family of the child is afraid to continue with the case and plans to return to Nepal. The child’s grandfather came to the State as a labourer during the construction of the Idukki Dam in the ‘60s. Later he joined the KSEB as security assistant. He preferred to stay in the State after retirement for his granddaughter’s education.The girl’s aunt first noticed something amiss when the child complained of pain during bathing. To her questions, the girl revealed the horrible picture of sexual abuse. Shaji, who has a criminal background according to the Kanjaar Police, sexually abused the girl several times when she visited his house to watch TV. Shaji had been absconding for a while after the issue went public. However, he was arrested on May 5 by the Kanjaar Police.The victim’s family consists of her grandfather, grandmother, mother and two aunts. Her mother is a divorcee. The Child Welfare Committee is planning to produce the accused before the members. The Committee will submit a final report to the court after hearing Shaji. A complaint has also been sent to the Kerala State Women’s Commission.
The new Indian Express news on 09-05-21010
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