37-year-old cook and a 72-year-old man lodged in jail

Police arrested a 37-year-old cook (bajji master) and a 72-year-old man on charges of raping and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl, and the girl’s father and stepmother for failing to report the case to the police, at Pallathur near Karaikudi on Friday. Swiftly acting on the orders of Collector V. Rajaraman, a team of District Child Welfare Committee (CWC) officials and police, led by Karaikudi DSP Mangaleswaran, arrested the offenders in just six hours, after launching the investigation on Friday morning.

Subramani (37), the bajji master and Aathan (72), father of four daughters from nearby Kotharai, were arrested under section 376 of IPC (rape) and sections 5(l) (aggravated penetrative sexual assault), 7(l) (aggravated sexual abuse) and 12 (sexual harassment) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, the new central act, which came into force on November 14, 2012.

Police said that the duo admitted to the crime, produced before the Judicial Magistrate Court, Karaikudi, and remanded in judicial custody.