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Kerala Police rapped for negligence in child exploitation case

IANS  |  Malappuram (Kerala) 

The police found itself in the dock on Sunday over its lackadaisical attitude in a child sexual exploitation case, despite receiving a complaint along with documentary evidence.

In visuals played by a TV channel on Saturday, a was seen sexually exploiting a 10-year-old girl and at times, getting close to her mother as well, at a movie hall in Edapal in Malappuram.

The incident took place on April 19 following which the complained to the Child Line and also presented the visuals. The Child Line approached the station on April 26.

However, the police got into the act only on Saturday following a furore after the airing of the visuals. Within an hour, Kutty, who has business interests in the Middle East, was arrested before he could leave on Saturday night.

The police also faced criticism for trying to take action against the Child Line officials as they gave the visuals to the media, which aired it.

On Sunday, police took into custody the victim's mother and after detailed questioning, a case under POCSO was registered. The woman used to stay on rent in a building that belonged to Kutty.

Kutty was taken for a medical check up and is expected to be presented before a soon.

The girl's statement was recorded by a and she was sent to a state-run rescue home.

has been suspended for dereliction of duty.

According to sources in the know of things, Baby had approached his superior soon after receiving the complaint from Child Line but there was no action from the higher ups.

P. Sreeramakrishnan, of the Assembly, who hails from Malappuram, said the case has shamed everyone.

"The manner in which the police acted is a serious matter too, as they should have taken immediate action. I have asked for appropriate action against those who have erred," Sreeramakrishnan told the media.

said that the police failed to rise to the occasion.

"It's shocking that all this happened with the knowledge of the mother and an appropriate case should be registered against the mother too," said Josephine.

of Opposition demanded strict action against the police officials for not acting on time. "Criminal cases should be registered against all the erring police officials," he said.

Reacting to the criticism, Police told the media that strict action will be taken against those who failed to do their job.



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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 15:20 IST