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Shocking - 20 girls aged between 10 and 12 years studying in a Government school were lured with sweets and money to the nearby shop by a Pedophile in Kasaragod, Kerala. CHILDLINE Kasargod rescues them from sexual harassment and the accused is behind bars.

"He took me to his shop promising me some sweets and on reaching there, he began touching me. I shut my eyes and kept quiet because I thought it would escape me. For many months it continued and sometimes he took my hand and made me to touch his private places. I vividly remember the first time it happened. When it was over, he threatened saying that if I ever spoke of this to anyone he would kill me.." These are the words of an innocent ten year old girl rescued by CHILDLINE Kasaragod after being victim of sexual harassment. The particulars of her abuse are too horrific to repeat in detail; which she along with other 19 children suffered silently.

Children aged between 10 and 12 years, studying in Lower and Upper Primary classes at Government Senior Basic School, Kumbala Kasaragod were sexually abused by Narasimha Naik, a petty trader near to the school who also runs a gambling den and he lured them with sweets and money.

Children were afraid to talk to their parents because the abuser had threatened them. The incident came to light only after the school teacher noticed money in the possession of the girls and suspected something amiss and began probing further, which revealed that they were being offered sweets and money by the shopkeeper in return for sexual favours. Shocked with the news, the headmaster and teachers who in turn informed the CHILDLINE.

CHILDLINE team took the children to hospital for medical examination. The team approached the Superintendent of Police, Kasargod and lodged a complaint about the sexual harassment of children. The police registered a case under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code following the complaint lodged by CHILDLINE. The abuser was arrested at his house at Thokkot in Mangalore by a team led by Circle Inspector of Police, Kumbla, U. Preman and Sub-Inspector K. Rajeev Kumar.

CHILDLINE visited the school and realized the seriousness of the situation. The girls were very anxious and were counseled. CHILDLINE had also visited the children at their respective homes, spoke to their parents. CHILDLINE team is currently following the case.