Vijayapura: 12 year old boy Stripped and Tortured, No POCSO Act by Police

A twelve year old boy was stripped and tied to a pole and then beaten up badly in Vadavadagi village of Basavanabagewadi taluk of Karnataka.

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The 12 year old boy was beaten up by a local leader of an upper class community for a small issue. Hanumataraya Madikeshwar, a 45  year old man of the village is accused of beating up the boy. According to the reports, the boy had reportedly sent some objectionable voice message to the accused on his social media account. Enraged with the message, the man caught the boy and beat him up by stripping him and tying to an electricity pole.

Meanwhile some local youth have captured the video of the incident in their mobile phones which later went viral. The incident is said to have happened on March 18 however it came to light only last week.

The video shows that the man is throwing used engine oil on the private parts of the boy while beating him up.

Following the incident, the parents have filed case at the Basavana Bagewadi police station. The police reportedly assured the family to arrest the culprit.

It is said that on the day of Holi festival, the minor boy belonging to Kuruba community had allegedly sent a derogatory message to a man belonging to Reddy community.

After which, the man next day caught the boy and tied him to a pole near his shop, stripped him and beat him up.

Expressing anger over the incident, Ahinda Raita Sangha state president, Mallappa Bidari said that the boy has been admitted in the government hospital. He demanded police security for the family as he said that the family is now being threatened.

“ The police should have filed a suo moto case, but now since the family has filed the case, the accused must be arrested”, he said.

The police meanwhile has filed cases under section 323, 342, 504, 506 of the IPC against the accused. The police said that they have arrested the accused, however it’s notable that the police have not filed a case under POCSO act.

PSI Basavaraj Patil however said that they are consulting the higher officials on filing cases under the POCSO act.

He said that the Act is applied only when a person does sexual act with the child. “ However we will take opinion of the higher officials before adding that act in the case”, he told our team.

The article was firs published in naanugauri.com, our sister website. Its translated into English by Firoz Rozindar.

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