Kollam: PoCSO against Bindu Krishna

Deccan Chronicle.

Nation, Crime

Facebook picture with parents of abducted Oachira girl.

Bindu Krishna

Kollam: Kollam DCC president Bindu Krishna has landed in trouble for posting on the Facebook  a  picture of herself along with the parents of the  Rajasthani girl who was kidnapped from  Oachira recently.  

The Oachira police  registered a case against her under sections of PoCSO Act for revealing  the identity of the victim girl, which is a punishable  offence.

Section 23 of the PoCSO Act states that no person shall disclose the identity of a child,  including its name, address, photograph, family details, school, neighbourhood or any other particulars about it.

Bindu Krishna   removed the picture when it  sparked widespread protests on the social media. She  had staged a 24-hour  hunger strike in front of the missing girl's house in Oachira on Friday demanding the arrest of the main accused,  Muhammad Roshan, 21,  who is still absconding with the girl.

Investigation extended

The police team under Karunagappally ACP has extended the investigation to Rajasthan and Maharashtra, apart from Bengaluru. Look-out notices for the prime accused  have also been issued in these states.

The police assume that the duo reached Ernakulam and left for Bengaluru by train. Their mobile phones are  switched off.  The police had taken Ananthu, 20, of Payikkuzhi,  Bipin, 20, of Changankulangara, and Pyari from Oachira into custody. Pyari, who is a historysheeter, is wanted  in another sexual assault case.

The four-member gang led by Roshan assaulted the parents of the girl in their shack and kidnapped her in a rented car around 10 p.m. on March 18.

The family  has been living in Oachira for the past two years  selling clay sculptures on the wayside near the  Oachira - Valiyakulangara area.

The couple in their  statement to the police said that they had been  harassed by the  gang for a long time.

The Kerala women's commission has taken a suo motu case  and  sought a report from the police chief in Kollam.