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Kerala: Imam booked for allegedly sexually assaulting 15-year-old girl


Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 12: A Muslim cleric was booked on Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Kerala, police said.

Shafeeq Al Qasimi, who was serving as the Imam of a rural mosque at Tholicode in Vithura, over 30 km away from here, was removed after the incident came to light, they said. A case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered against him based on the mosque committee's statement.

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According to the statement, he had lured a 15-year-old girl to an isolated forest area in Vithura and allegedly sexually assaulted her last week. The incident came to light after a group of local women confronted the cleric after seeing him with the school-going girl in the forest.

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"An FIR was registered as per the statement of the mosque committee," a police official said, adding that the victim or her family was yet to file a formal complaint. Qasimi was removed as Imam of the mosque after the issue surfaced, police added.


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