Kerala woman was aware that man was sexually assaulting daughter in theatre: Police

Kerala Women’s Commission chairperson M C Josephine said preliminary investigation showed the minor was abused with the connivance of her mother.
A woman holds a candle and placard seeking an end to sexual violence against women in Bangalore.(AP FIle Photo)
A woman holds a candle and placard seeking an end to sexual violence against women in Bangalore.(AP FIle Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2018 11:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu, Thiruvananthapuram

The Kerala police on Sunday arrested the mother of the minor girl, who was molested in a cinema theatre by a businessman in Malappuram district, claiming she was aware of the sexual assault on her daughter.

The main accused Moyideen Kutty, a middle-aged businessman, was arrested on Saturday after CCTV clippings of the two-hour-long assault was aired on a news channel and went viral on internet.

Both Kutty and the girl’s mother have been charged under provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.

Kerala Women’s Commission chairperson M C Josephine said preliminary investigation showed the minor was abused with the connivance of her mother.

The incident took place on April 18. The night vision cameras in the theatre captured video footages of the man, flanked by a middle-aged woman on his right and a minor girl on his left, engaging in sexual acts with both.

The theatre owner checked the CCTV visuals after one of the viewers alerted him about the incident. He immediately alerted the childline officials who in turn informed the police.

However, police failed to register a case against the accused initially. They swung into action only on Saturday when the media exposed the incident.

“There are serious lapses on the part of police and senior officers are looking into them,” Josephine said.

After the police inaction evoked widespread criticism, the sub-inspector of Changarakulam was suspended and action is likely against more officers. Action is likely against more police officers who tried to hush up the case.

The state human rights commission has also ordered an inquiry against the officers who tried to delay the case despite possessing strong evidences.

Josephine also met the owner of the theatre and lauded his effort in exposing the incident.

Assaulted Earlier Too: Victim

Meanwhile, the girl has told the police that she had been assaulted by the accused earlier also. She also gave a detailed statement before a magistrate and later underwent medical tests. She was later shifted to a rescue home.

The women’s commission said the victim will be given the best care and counselling to help come out of the trauma.

Kutty runs a number of jewellery shops and restaurants, besides owning a lodge. The mother and the daughter were reportedly occupying one of the rooms here and were often taken by him in his luxury car, according to residents.

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