Elderly man held for abusing minor, 2nd incident in 4 days
PUDUCHERRY: Police arrested a 65-year-old man on charges of sexually assaulting a three-year-old girl in Puducherry. Police produced the labourer, R Krishnamoorthy from G V Nagar, Alankuppam before principal district and sessions judge P Velmurugan, who remanded him in custody on Monday.
Police said Krishnamoorthy lured his neighbour’s daughter, a three-year-old girl with chocolates and took her to a secluded location. He sexually abused the girl and let her go after threatening her against revealing anything about the incident to anyone. On noticing the child crying when she returned home, her mother questioned her. Shocked by the child’s revelations, her parents lodged a complaint with police, who booked Krishnamoorthy under section 8 (punishment for sexual assault) of the protection of children from sexual harassment act (Pocso) and arrested him.
There is growing incidence of crimes against women, particularly minor girls and infants in Puducherry. This is the second incident in the last four days in which senior citizens sexually abused minor girls. On February 5, a 70-year-old man was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a three-year-old girl at Bahour in the outskirts of the town. Police said a woman from Kuruvinatham, who dropped her three-year-old daughter at an anganwadi centre, was shocked to find that someone claiming to be a relative picked up the baby. She along with villagers searched for the girl when they found an elderly man sexually abusing her behind bushes.
The villagers, who rescued the baby, thrashed the man before handing him over to Bahour police. Police booked him under section 8 of the Pocso Act and arrested him. he man was identified as R Thandavarayan, 70, from Eripakkam in Nettapakkam.
He was said to be drunk when he committed the crime. He had come to his sister’s house in Bahour. On learning that the woman drops her baby at an anganwadi centre and picks her up after work, he plotted to kidnap and sexually abuse her. Child welfare committee’s Vidyaa Ramkumar said both the victims were undergoing treatment at the India Gandhi women and children hospital besides medical examination. The committee would record the statements of the victims after treatment.