Malappuram: Police on Wednesday arrested a 66-year-old man for abusing a seven-year-old girl in Paravakkal near Perinthalmanna.
Though they had registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against Kammali Paravakkal a week ago, he was absconding.
Perinthalmanna circle inspector Saju K. Abraham made the arrest amidst allegations of protecting the locally influential man.
The accused allegedly tried to assault the girl at his home last week while she was playing with a friend in the neighbourhood. Later, when her mother realised about it, he tried to hush it up offering money which the girl’s family objected and filed a case.
Kammali was later produced before the Judicial First Class Magistrate who remanded him in 14 days’ custody.
In another incident, the police held a 22-year-old man in Kolathur for allegedly abusing and impregnating a 17-year-old Dalit girl.
The three-month pregnant girl is now in a care home after producing before the Child Welfare Committee member Haris Panchili. The police is questioning the accused, Irshad Alungal....