"We have to check whether the allegation is linked to the dispute."
A 36-year-old woman from Kerala, India, has been arrested and charged by Thenhippalam police for raping a boy, aged nine.
According to police, the incident came to light when the young boy told a doctor at a clinic that he had been abused. The doctor then informed Childline authorities.
Childline authorities recorded the victim’s statement and the complaint was sent to the police.
Police officers revealed that the victim is the nephew of the unnamed suspect. They also discovered that there had been a dispute between the victim’s family and the accused.
They are unsure if the rape allegation is linked to the argument.
A case was registered based on the statement given to Childline and more details could only be revealed later.
Thenhippalam sub-inspector Binu Thomas said: “We have learnt that there was a dispute between the family of the survivor and accused.
“We have to check whether the allegation is linked to the dispute. Police will record the statement of accused in the coming days.”
According to Childline, the young boy had been subjected to sexual abuse for over a year.
As a result of the abuse, it has affected the victim’s mental health.
Childline (Malappuram) coordinator Anwar Karakkadan said: “We have confirmed that the boy was sexually misused by the woman for several months, and it has affected his mental health.
“The accused is the boy’s uncle’s wife and she lives near his house.”
Sections five and six under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act has been invoked.
These sections under the POCSO Act deal with cases of aggravated penetrative sexual assault.
The suspect has been arrested and police hope to record her statement and get more details about the case in the coming days.
In another case which happened recently, a woman from Ernakulam was arrested for sexually abusing a nine-year-old boy.
It was reported that the boy was sent for counselling by his parents after noticing physical discomforts in the child.
During a counselling session, the boy revealed that the woman physically and mentally harassed him.
The police arrested the woman and she stood before a court. She was later sent to Kakkanad women’s prison.
The woman’s husband denied the allegations and said the boy’s mother had financial issues with his family, so she raised a false complaint.
However, the police said that they have not received a formal complaint from the woman’s husband about the allegations.