Nine-year-old Suraj*, a cancer patient, was down with a viral infection when his mother took him to a doctor. During a routine check-up, the boy told the doctor that he had been sexually assaulted by a woman with whom they had been staying.
Based on a complaint by the boy's mother, the Kalady police in Rural Ernakulam have arrested 25-year-old Meena*, a resident of Kadappara near Malayatoor in Ernakulam district. The minor and his mother had reportedly met Meena at a railway station and the latter had offered to help them collect money for the boy's treatment.
â€śWe don't know if these versions are true. The two women were good friends. They were living in Meena's house. We are only concerned about the sexual abuse,â€ť a police officer who is part of the investigation told TNM.
Though Meenaâ€™s husband Raju* has said that the accusation by the boy and his mother had stemmed out of a financial transaction gone wrong between the two families, police sources say two medical reports have established the sexual abuse.
â€śThe boy was subjected to a medical test in a government hospital in Thiruvananthapuram and then Kalady. The doctorâ€™s statement says that he had been abused. We will investigate and establish if his statement that Meena was the one who abused him is true,â€ť the officer said.
Based on a complaint filed by the boy's mother on January 12, a case has been filed against Meena on the following sections of POCSO Act: Section 7: Sexual assault, Section 8: Punishment for sexual assault, Section 9 (m): Aggravated sexual assault on a child below twelve years and Section 10: Punishment for aggravated sexual assault.
Incidentally, Meena, the accused in this case, was herself a victim of sexual assault case three years ago, the officer told TNM. The case is still under trial.
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