According to police, the incident came to light last week after the boy revealed it to a doctor of a local clinic. The doctor alerted Childline authorities, who recorded the statement of the boy and forwarded a complaint to the police.
Police have invoked Sections 5 and 6 of Prevention of Children from Sexual Offence (Pocso) Act that deal with aggravated penetrative sexual assault.
According to Childline, the boy was subjected to sexual abuse for more than a year. “We have confirmed that the boy was sexually misused by the woman for several months, and it has affected his mental health. The accused is the boy’s uncle’s wife and she lives near his house,” said Childline (Malappuram) coordinator Anwar Karakkadan.
Thenhippalam sub-inspector Binu Thomas said the case was registered based on the statement given to Childline and more details could be revealed only later. “We have learnt that there was a dispute between the family of the survivor and accused. We have to check whether the allegation is linked to the dispute. Police will record the statement of accused in the coming days,” he said.
Recently, in a similar incident, a woman was arrested in Ernakulam for sexually abusing a nine-year-old boy who is a cancer patient.