By Express press service

KOCHI: Police have arrested an Edappally resident who allegedly sexually harassed a Karnataka native working as a maid in his home. Police have also registered a case against the arrested person’s wife, who is the chairperson of a group called the Edappally Women Welfare Committee, for allegedly hiring a minor as a housekeeper and physically torturing her.

Police say Paul P, 60, hired the maid in 2015. Now 21, she was only 14 when employed as a maid. “The neighbors of Paul and his wife Selin first approached us with a complaint about the violence. According to neighbors, the girl recounted the harassment she suffered from Paul and Selin.

We recorded the victim impact statement and she revealed that she was frequently sexually harassed by Paul when she was underage and even now. We registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) and arrested Paul on Monday,” a police official said.

In addition to the Pocso case, the police registered a case under the Juvenile Justice Act and the ICC for child labor and physical torture. According to the police, Selin is currently at large and a search is underway to find her. “The victim told us that she told Selin about the sexual harassment she was experiencing from Paul. But instead of protecting the victim, she was punished for revealing the misconduct on Paul’s part.

The victim claimed that she was forced to work as a child after her mother died. Her father and stepmother sold her to Selin as a housekeeper,” a police official said. Police officials said Selin approached the court with an early bail request in the case.

“We will seek custody of Paul as part of the investigation. We have collected evidence and statements in the case. We are also looking for the victim’s parents who forced her to work as a child,” a statement said. officer.