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Police draw flak for interrogating four-year-old sexual abuse victim


COIMBATORE: Members of the All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) on Friday condemned the law enforcement officials, who performed an inquiry with a four-year-old sexual abuse sufferer on the Thudiyalur police station, in violation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.

“As according to the Act, youngsters must neither be called for inquiry to police stations nor interrogated by uniformed law enforcement officials. But on this case, the norms have been obviously violated,” vice-president of AIDWA U Vasuki said.


Police had arrested R Govindaraj, a van driving force and his helper A Marimuthu, who have been operating at a personal school at the outskirts of the town on February 1 for sexually abusing the sufferer throughout the car.


“We have been requesting police to incorporate phase 5(f) of POCSO Act that mandates 10 years imprisonment to the accused. But the officers have not accomplished it so far. We don't seem to be satisfied with the best way the town police have dealt the case. To reduce the violence in opposition to women and youngsters, the superintendent of police must come ahead to behavior interactive classes between law enforcement officials and ladies activists the place such problems might be discussed,” Vasuki said. “Also, the district collector must ensure that internal proceedings committee is formed for girls workers to check in proceedings bearing on sexual harassments at places of work.”




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