Kerala Muslim cleric booked for sexually assaulting 15-year-old; accused lured her to Vithura forest, says police

Thiruvananthapuram: 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 Thiruvananthapuram, was removed after the incident came to light," they said.

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Representational image. Getty Images

A case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered against him based on the mosque committee's statement.

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.

"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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Updated Date: Feb 12, 2019 21:11:57 IST

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