Kollam: In a startling development in the case of the death of a 10-year-old girl at Kundara near here, the child's grandfather Victor was arrested by the Kerala police Sunday for raping the child for a year.
The police said that the culprit began molesting the girl after her father left home a year ago and created opportunities to prey on the hapless victim.
The child's grandmother, the wife of the accused, told the police that her daughter and granddaughter had repeatedly complained of the abuse by her husband.
At a press meet held in Kollam Sunday night, the police said that Victor has confessed to the crime. He was presented before the media and police said that he would be produced before a court Monday.
The accused, the manager of a lodge, was working as the aide of a prominent lawyer earlier.
Accused a habitual offender
Earlier in the day, Victor, who is aware of legal procedures and loopholes, challenged the investigation team to prove the charges against him, sources said. Even though he was arrested, Victor believed that the police won't be able to nail him with evidence.
However, he has confessed to the crime now.
There are allegations that Victor also sexually abused men during his job as the lodge manager. He has also been slapped with a case for sexually assaulting another girl.
The arrest of the elderly man was delayed due to alleged difference of opinion between top police officials. While the SP called for the arrest of the accused, the DySP said that more evidence was needed. But after TV channels reported this, the accused was arrested.
The deceased girl's mother and sister, who were not cooperating with the probe officials, have now agreed to support the investigation.
The girl allegedly committed suicide two months ago. The postmortem report had said that she was subjected to sexual abuse even days before her death.
Victor tried to mislead probe
Meanwhile, the police have decided to request the court to put the trial on hold in a case in which it was alleged that the deceased girl was also sexually abused by her father.
The police said Victor tried to mislead the investigation by framing the girl's father.