BJP Leader in Kerala Held for Sexually Abusing Minor Girl
The accused Kuniyil Padmarajan is a BJP panchayat president and district leader of National Teachers’ Union (NTU).
A local BJP leader, also a school teacher, was arrested on Wednesday, 15 April on the charge of sexually abusing a 10-year-old student nearly a month ago, police said.
Kuniyil Padmarajan (45), a BJP panchayat president and district leader of National Teachers' Union (NTU), the teachers' wing of the BJP, was arrested from a Poyilur area near Kannur when he tried to escape after seeing the police," an investigating officer told PTI.
The parents of the fourth standard student of Palathayi school, where Padmarajan was also working as a teacher, had on 17 March approached the police with the complaint.
“As per the complaint, Padmarajan had abused the child a few days before 15 January, and on 2 February. The parents approached the police with a complaint and we arrested him,” Thalassery Deputy Superintendent of Police Venugopal told PTI.
The child's statement was earlier recorded before the magistrate and the child had narrated her ordeal to the doctor who examined her.The medical examination of the child had also revealed that she was abused.
"We had gathered all the scientific evidences against Padmarajan. The complaint says he had taken her to the school bathroom and abused her," police said.
Even as the complaint was filed on 17 March, police had not arrested him saying he was absconding.
The police came under strong criticism for not arresting the BJP leader accused in a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) case even after a month with all political parties protesting against the law enforcers for their attitude which they termed as shoddy.
The Congress party and the Indian Union Muslim League had protested against not arresting Padmarajan despite having strong evidence and child's statement.
The CPI(M) district committee had approached the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is also the home minister, against the alleged careless attitude of the police in a POCSO case.
The police have registered a case under necessary provisions of the POCSO Act and recorded the arrest. The BJP leader would be produced before the Magistrate soon.
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