Childline authorities in Malappuram rescued a 15-year-old boy who was sexually abused in different locations near Kondotty. They have also launched an inquiry into complaints pertaining to similar sexual abuse cases in the region.
According to reports, the rescued boy hailed from Morayur and was sexually abused by 14 persons before being taken in by the Childline authorities. He was produced before the Child Welfare Committee in Malappuram and shifted to a government shelter home.
Anwar Karakkadan, coordinator of Malappuram Childline told Times of India that the volunteers of the organisation received information about ten more sexual abuse survivors in the region, all aged between 13 and 15. Adding that the process to identify them is on, he said that a racket of luring minor boys by offering money and ganja and then sexually abusing them is rampant in the Kondotty region.
The accused in the case are reportedly from Mongam, Ozhukur and Pookottur areas, and some of them were also involved in the sexual abuse of a minor girl a few days ago.
Kerala’s grim state of affairs was earlier brought to light by New Indian Express, which, in August, reported that 2,692 cases of child sexual abuse were reported to Childline from Kerala between March 2017 and March 2018. Of the 2,692 cases that were reported, 69 cases related to children below the age of five. The report had also stated that the most vulnerable age group of survivors was between 13 and 15.
Another report, published in May, stated that from January 2018 to May 17, 2018, 800 child abuse cases were registered in the state under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The report also stated that Malappuram reported the maximum number of child abuse cases between the months of March and May, with the tally at 49 till May 17. Malappuram was followed by Thiruvananthapuram with 36 cases and Kozhikode with 32 cases till May 17.