Tamil Nadu: 7 men get arrested for sexually harassing two girls
Tamil Nadu: 7 men get arrested for sexually harassing two girls

Rising crimes has shaken many Indian states. The Rasipuram All Women Police in Namakkal district detained seven men, including a 75-year-old, on Monday for supposedly sexually abusing two minor girls over a period of six months. The police enacted based on an alert from a child protection officer, conducted an investigation, and rescued the two siblings. The police have sent the two girls, 12 and 13 years old, to a children’s home in Namakkal.

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On Sunday, one of the accused named Muthuswamy (75) had supposedly gone to the house of the two siblings and tried to sexually assault them. Following this, the girl children raised an alarm and the public around came to her rescue. The girls reportedly told them that there were other men also abusing them. The same people who came to the girls’ rescue also informed the child protection officer, reports said. Following a complaint from the child protection officer, the police arrested the seven accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The accused have been remanded to judicial custody.

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According to reports, six of the seven accused have been identified. Apart from Muthuswamy, Siva (26), Surya (23), Shamugam (45), Manikandan (30) and Senthamizh Selvam (31) have been arrested. The seven men would allegedly sexually assault the children when their single mother was away for work during mornings and nights, and then threatened the girls against revealing the abuse. On Monday, meanwhile, a lawyer named Arul made a representation before the Madurai bench of Madras High Court sought that the court takes suo moto cognizance of all the cases pertaining to child sexual abuse in the past eight years. 

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