Kerala Chief Minister offers financial help to Malayali girl

On Tuesday the police rescued a girl who went missing from Coimbatore and was sexually abused in Bangalore, and arrested an aged person for sexually exploiting a woman in Namakkal, even as the Kerala Chief Minister offered financial aid to another girl hailing from Ernakulam district in Kerala who was harassed in Tirupur on April 12. Perumal (24), a construction worker from Ginjee, was arrested when he came to Coimbatore with a 13-year-old girl, to collect money from Lakshmi, who he claimed to be his wife. Perumal had tricked the girl by offering to drop her at school on his motor bike. He took her to Ginjee and later to Bangalore where she was repeatedly raped for several days, the police said.

The police had earlier traced Lakshmi and from her collected Perumal’s phone number, which helped them trace his movements.

A case has been registered under Section 366 (procuring minor girl), 376 (rape), 344 (wrongful confinement), and 506 (i) (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code and Sections 4 and 6 of Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

Namakkal

In Namakkal the police arrested R. Dhanapalan (59) of Venanthur of Rasipuram taluk on the charges of cheating and raping a woman working as a domestic help at his house. Dhanapalan, though married and has children, was living with his mother.

The incident came to light when people rescued the woman from a well in front of his house. She told the police that she was brought to Dhanapalan’s house 11 months ago from a home care service centre as a domestic help. After developing an intimacy with her, Dhanapalan agreed to live with her. But on Sunday Dhanapalan forced her out of the house.

On Monday while she was waiting in front of his house, Dhanapalan tried to chase her away using abusive language. Terribly upset, she jumped into the well, she told the police. She has been admitted to a hospital with fractured leg.

A case has been registered against Dhanapalan under Sections 376 (rape) and 417 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Women Harassment Act, 2002. He was produced before Rasipuram Judicial Magistrate and has been remanded in judicial custody.

Tirupur

The Kerala Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy on Tuesday offered financial and medical help to the eight-year-old Malayali girl who was raped in Tirupur on April 12. She is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Coimbatore. The Chief Minister, who had contacted the doctor treating her in a Coimbatore hospital, said in an official release in Thiruvananthapurm that the girl was out of danger to her life and was getting good treatment.

The Chief Minster had contacted the Malayali Association in Tamil Nadu and talked to relatives of the girl. KPCC secretary C. Chandran visited her relatives as instructed by the Chief Minister.

The girl was alone in her house, on return from school after examination, when a youth who is her neighbour brutalised her. She was living with her mother who was doing tailoring work in Tirupur.

Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Assembly, V.S. Achuthanandan, after contacting her relatives, asked Mr. Chandy to contact the Tamil Nadu Government and ensure stringent action against the culprits.

The girl should be brought to Kerala for expert treatment, he said. The police had registered a case under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (rape) and invoked Section 5 of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act against Kannan, the main accused. A case has been registered against three of his friends — Devendran (27), Raja (40), and Saravanan (45) under Section 506 (i) of the Indian Penal Code for intimidating the victim’s mother. All the four have been arrested.

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