9-Yr-Old Sexually Abused in TN, Accused is an Ex-BJP Candidate

The Erode Railway police have arrested the man, KP Prem Ananth, who is also a lawyer. 

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It has only been a little more than 24 hours since India instituted death penalty for the rape of children below 12 years. But a shocking incident of child sexual abuse has emerged once again, this time from Tamil Nadu.

The accused, KP Prem Ananth, is a lawyer and carried a membership card of the Madras High Court Advocates Association. He also contested as the BJP's candidate in the 2006 elections from Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar in Chennai.

The victim, a nine-year-old girl, was travelling with her family from Thiruvananthapuram to Chennai by a train that departed on Saturday, 21 April. While she was on the middle berth, her mother and brother were on the lower berth and her father on the upper berth. The accused got into the train around 1 am.


A complaint was filed by the mother of the victim regarding the incident, saying:

This man got in with an open ticket, without reservation. A berth opposite mine was not occupied. I guess the TTE took money and let him in, though he denied it. He kissed her cheeks and pressed her chest, closed her mouth and molested her further. She pushed him. He got up to touch her the second time and she screamed, ‘Mama, this man is touching my chest’.
Complaint given by the mother

The family immediately sprung into action. The crime was committed between Coimbatore and Erode, so they complained to the TTE and waited for the next station to hand over the culprit to the police.

Other passengers, who heard the child scream, also gave their statements to the police.

From videos that passengers on the train took (which The News Minute has seen), it seems that the man is in an inebriated condition, and at one point of time, is seen lying on the floor as the police questions him.


However, when The News Minute contacted the Erode police, they attempted to play down the incident.

The accused has just touched the girl. They caught him and gave him to the TTE. He is a lawyer but we are yet to confirm if he is linked to the BJP.
Police official

Records on the Election Commission website confirm that Prem Ananth had contested as the BJP’s candidate in 2006. The 57-year-old lawyer's address has been listed as Besant Nagar in his Aadhar card.

A source in the Bar Council told The News Minute that he was not an actively practising lawyer and was running a textile showroom.

According to the family, they woke up hearing the child's screams and a crowd had gathered.

"He was pulled towards the toilet space. The police also came by then. But he threatened us and started saying he is an advocate and politically connected," the mother of the child told The News Minute.

The Erode Railway police have arrested the man and an FIR has been filed in the case. The accused has been booked for aggravated sexual assault under sections 9(m) and 10 of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act.

(This story was originally published on The News Minute. It has been republished with permission.)

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Topics:  Erode   Sexual Abuse   Tamil Nadu Police 

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