Man held for sexually assaulting minor girl | Coimbatore News | #childabductors

Coimbatore: The city police arrested a 23-year-old construction worker under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl.
Police identified him as S Vignesh from Palani. He used to visit his relatives staying in Coimbatore and befriended the girl during a temple festival here two years ago. The girl, a school dropout, left her home on Thursday with Vignesh, who took her to a temple in Udumalpet and ‘married’ her, a police officer said.
Meanwhile, the girl’s parents lodged a missing complaint with the Podanur police, who registered a case and formed a special team to trace Vignesh and the minor girl.
The team found the duo at Vignesh’s house in Palani and brought them back to Coimbatore.
Police altered the case against Vignesh under sections 7 (sexual assault) and 8 (punishment for sexual assault) of Pocso, Section 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 9 of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006. He was produced before the special court for Pocso cases and was remanded in judicial custody. The girl was reunited with her parents.

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