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10 year old girl molested in theatre, one arrested

Kerala Businessman Arrested For Molesting Minor Girl In Theatre Kerala: 60-year-old businessman assaults minor girl in Malappuram's cinema hall, arrested
Deanna Wagner | 14 May, 2018, 13:24

Her mother had brought her along so she could be exploited by her lover, and knew the child was being assaulted throughout the movie, they said. He was abusing the mother and child at the same time, that too continuously from the beginning to the end.

The police have now arrested the woman and Moideenkutty and the duo has been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act as well as the Juvenile Justice Act, reported the News Minute. Although the woman claimed that she was unaware of the crime, the police claim that she took her daughter to the theatre with the intention of exposing her to the abuse.

A 10-year-old girl was allegedly abused by K V Moitheenkutty, in a movie hall in Malappuram in the presence of her mother on April 18.

The theatre owner checked the CCTV visuals after one of the viewers alerted him about the incident. "We then handed over everything to the ChildLine, ".

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The girl was sleeping along with her parents near a stadium at Payyanur in Kannur district when the man abducted her, police said.

However, police failed to register a case against the accused initially. Now both the man and the mother have been arrested and booked under relevant sections of POCSO and IPC.

Police further said, the man and the woman were in a relationship. The 10-year-old then underwent a medical test and has now been shifted to a Nirbhaya home, where she will also undergo counseling. Childline officials and local activities have alleged that the police did not take the matter seriously and delayed action against the accused. However, the case was registered only on Saturday after a major controversy erupted.

Kerala assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan said the case has shamed everyone and that it was a "serious lapse" on the part of police for failing to act soon after hearing about the abuse. Kerala State Women Commission chairperson M C Josephine visited the Changaramkulam police station and the theatre where the incident occurred. Police said the mother was aware that her child was being molested by the businessman.