AIADMK ex-MLA booked under POCSO for raping minor, goes into hiding

The Nagercoil All Women Police are on the lookout for former MLA of Nagercoil, ‘Nanjil’ A. Murugesan, 53, who was expelled from the ruling AIADMK for bringing disrepute to the party, for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in 2017.

The girl, who is now 15, had narrated the alleged sexual harassment she suffered at the hands of Murugesan around two years ago. Based on this, a Kanniyakumari district child protection officer on Monday gave a complaint to the Nagercoil All Women Police Station.

Upon receiving the complaint, Nagercoil All Women Police registered a case under the POCSO act against Murugesan on the same day. Police teams have launched a manhunt for him, confirmed a senior police officer.

Police said the victim from the district, now 15 years old, was rescued by the police a few days ago after she eloped with a boy from Nagercoil. Police subsequently registered a case of kidnapping against the youth, since the girl is a minor.

When she recorded her statement even as she was produced before the court, the girl reportedly accused Murugesan, who had an illicit affair with her mother, of having raped her in 2017.

After she narrated the alleged sexual harassment she faced from the former MLA and some other persons, the child welfare committee sent a statement to the Kanniyakumari district SP office.

After receiving a complaint from the district child protection officer, the Nagercoil All Women Police registered a case against Murugesan under the POCSO Act.