Kochi

Minor sexually abused, 3 held under POCSO Act

Picture used for representational purpose.

Picture used for representational purpose.  

Two persons were arrested and a person surrendered in the court after a shocking incident of repeated sexual abuse of a 12-year-old and blackmailing her using videos of abuse was reported in the city on Wednesday.

The main accused, Lithin, 19, surrendered before the court set up under POCSO Act in the city. Bibin, 22, and Varsha, 19, husband and wife and the second and third accused, were arrested from their home by the North police.

According to the police, first accused Lithin had trapped the victim by feigning to be in love with her and sexually abused her at the home of the couple since June. This was clandestinely shot by the couple and used it to blackmail the victim. Lithin has for long been an employee at a chicken centre run by the second accused next to his home.

“The minor used to pass in front of the chicken centre and Lithin used to stalk her since February claiming that he was in love with her. She was exploited by him,” said police sources.

The second accused captured them together in his camera and used it as a blackmailing tool.

“Later, the third accused visited the minor at her tuition centre and in the garb of having a serious talk with her behind closed doors shot her videos for a third time by threatening to upload the videos on social medial platforms,” the police said.

The minor reportedly spoke to her parents when the couple tried to exploit her further using similar threats, the police said.

The accused, who were charged with various provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, were remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody. Besides, the first accused was also charged with IPC 376 (rape).

A team led by North Station House Officer Kannan and Sub Inspector Anas arrested the accused on the direction of K. Laljy, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ernakulam).

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