Rajapuram, Kasaragod: The police have arrested a local Congress leader on charges of attempting to rape a minor tribal girl. He has been identified as Kadavil Jose (59) of Elikkottukaya, Palamkallu in Rajapuram.
Sections under POCSO and Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act have been invoked against him. Jose had allegedly attempted to rape the victim, a class VII student, a-month-and-half ago at her house. Though the child informed her mother about the incident, the relatives of the accused prevented the victim's family from filing a complaint.
However, the child revealed the matter to her teachers during a counselling session at school. Following which, the teachers informed childline workers, who submitted a complaint to the police. The accused was subjected to a medical examination at Poodamkallu taluk hospital and produced before the court.