Child abuse in theatre: Cop arrest theatre owner who helped nab minor’s molester

In a widely criticised move, Kerala Police on Monday arrested EC Satheesh, owner of the Edappal cinema hall in Malappuram where a 10-year-girl was sexually abused on April 18.

According to the police, he was arrested for committing lapses in informing the police about the incident. Satheesh was later released on bail.

The arrest has been made under Section 19 of the POCSO Act citing that the cinema hall owner ‘leaked’ the CCTV footage of the abuse and did not inform the police on time.

The incident that happened on April 18th was caught on a CCTV camera at the movie theatre. A 60-year-old man, identified as Moideen Kutty Pattambi, was seen sitting in a theatre and sexually abusing the child while the film was being screened. The victim’s mother was sitting next to them without intervening.

The police have so far arrested Moideen Kutty, 60, for allegedly molesting the girl and the victim’s mother. The duo was imposed under POCSO and various sections of the IPC.

The theatre owner informed Childline authorities on April 19th and handed over the footage to them later. After examining the footage, Childline handed it over to the Changaramkulam police on the very same day.

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