Malappuram: A school teacher is among those charged for luring higher secondary school students into a racket practising unnatural sex. While the teacher and five others have landed in the police net, 13 cases have been filed under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against 10 people in total.
The cases are based on statements given to the police by five of the victimised boys. The charges under POCSO are grave and a DySP has been tasked with investigation in at least one of the cases. The cases are under the Kondotty and Manjeri police stations.
The police are also seeking three expatriates who had sent obscene visuals to the boys on Facebook Messenger.
It was an alert family that helped to bring out the crime after they noticed their boy behaving strangely at home and was coming home late.
A local committee formed to check narcotic trade had also had made a crucial intervention. The boys revealed details of the abuse at a counselling session organised by the Childline after the committee provided them information.
Most of the students were bright in studies. It is understood that some of the victims were given narcotics before the abuse, and that one student was tortured by over 10 people. One of the students testified that he was befriended by an abuser who used to offer a lift on his bike.
The students have told the police that they were offered money, and were also threatened. They were taken to different locations.
The police had information that the accused might go underground. The arrests of the six were carried out within about a week's time. The latest to land in the police net are Mohandas, 35, of Mukkam and Alavi, 51, of Manjeri.
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