A case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 has been registered against Arun Anand, who has been accused of assaulting a seven-year-old, the child of his partner. A case of POCSO was added after the victimâ€™s four-year-old brother said that the two were sexually abused. Idukki SP KB Venugopal said that the siblings were sexually assaulted.
Thodupuzha Deputy Superintendent of Police KP Jose said, "Although there are wound marks on the boy's private parts, we cannot get his statement. But the younger brother told us that he, too, was sexually abused by Arun. We registered a separate case under POCSO against Arun."
Meanwhile, the accused was taken to the site of the crime for evidence collection on Friday, following which he was produced before the Muttom District Court in Thodupuzha. The mother, who previously said that the boy was injured in an accident, started giving statements in favour of the prosecution.
"She did not give a statement in the presence of the accused fearing him as she also sustained some injuries during the attack on the boy. Besides, people in the area saw him beating her publicly last week. The mother, who is in the hospital currently, is now speaking without any restraint,â€ť the DySP told TNM.
The horrific case came to light on Friday, and the seven-year-old who was assaulted was left him with critical injuries including a fracture in the skull, ruptured lungs and head injury with internal bleeding.
What led to Arunâ€™s arrest was the statement given by the younger sibling. â€śDaddy hit Pappi (he refers to his brother as Pappi) on his eyes, arms and his head. Daddy dragged him by his legs. It was I who wiped away his blood. Pappi fell on the floor and did not wake up. In the night Daddy and Mummy took the car and went somewhere with Pappi,â€ť the younger one told members of the Child Welfare Commission and the police.
According to Mathrubhumi, Arun is an accused in seven cases, including a criminal case. He is a close friend of a Thiruvananthapuram-based gang. He is known as "Cobra" among the gang, said the report.