Kannur | Five persons have been arrested on the charge of molesting a 14-year-old school girl at Manathery near Koothuparamba while a search was on to nab three other persons, including a 76-year-old man, in connection with the crime.
According to Kannavam Police, the five persons who were arrested by the police yesterday were relatives of the victim. Police said the eight persons, aged between 20 and 76, molested the girl for several days at various houses. The girl was studying in eighth standard and had some mental problem.
The arrested were M K Savad (20), V K Siraj (39), both hailing from Mananthery, P Manzoor (28) of Nunchampayim, Nazar (42) of Kottayampoyil and Vijayan (50) of Purakkalam. They were produced before Thalassery Chief Judicial Magistrate who remanded them to judicial custody for 14 days.
They have booked under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC as well Section 5 and 6 under the Protection of Children from Sexual offences Act, 2012 (POSCO). The incident came to light when the girl narrated the incident to her teacher. The teacher informed to the child line activists who informed police women cell and the accused were arrested.