Kochi: Another case of sexual harassment popped up in Paravoor as the police took a woman into custody for allegedly sexually abusing a 11-year-old boy, on Friday. The accused has been identified as Shahida, 40, native of Vedimara, who currently resides at Paravoor. According to the police, the victim used to bring vegetables and fruits to the house of Shahida.
“It was on December 11 that she locked the boy inside her room and allegedly undressed him. Later, she forcefully engaged him in sexual activities.
The boy informed the incident to his friends and fearing teasing, he avoided going to school for two weeks,” the police official said.
The teachers informed the parent teacher association about the absence of the victim from the school.
When the PTA authorities called the boy to inquire about the matter, he informed them of the incident. The authorities, instead of informing the police, tried to arrive at a compromise between the family of the victim and the accused. But on Thursday night, posters regarding the incident appeared at different localities of Paravur. On the basis of this, the police approached the parents of the victim and received a complaint against the woman.
She was later taken into custody and interrogated. The police have taken the statement of the victim with the assistance of the officials of Childline. A case has been registered under Sections of Protection Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Penal Code.
The police officials said that the accused, who would be produced before the judicial magistrate on Saturday, would be arrested soon after the interrogation.
Source: The New Indian Express