Kochi: The police have launched an inquiry after three minor siblings informed the Kerala High Court on Tuesday that they were sexually abused at religious centres.
The matter came to light after the children's father filed a habeas corpus petition alleging that his wife and children were illegally detained at a religious centre in Coimbatore, which they used to visit during vacations.
The court had summoned the children aged, 14, 12 and six, and they revealed the abuse. The court ordered police protection to the children and the woman has been moved to a friend's house. The medical examination of the children were conducted and the cops registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act).
As per the statement given to the police, the three children along with their mother, were at a retreat centre in Coimbatore. As per newspaper reports, a woman at the religious centre had a 'revelation' there that the eldest of the girls was hiding ‘something.’ On inquiries, the girls revealed that they were molested when they were studying at a school in Kakkanad. The girls' statement said they were taken to two major religious establishments from the school and they were sexually abused there.
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