A 60-year-old man was arrested recently in Kannur in Kerala for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl who was under his foster care for five years, which also resulted in pregnancy.
According to police, the accused, C G Sasikumar, had taken in a teenage girl under the state government’s foster care programme in 2015. Sasikumar had got the child from a foster care centre in Kakkanad, Ernakulam, after being permitted to do so by the Ernakulam Child Welfare Committee.
The then 14-year-old girl moved to Kannur and lived with Sasikumar, a tabla artist, and his wife Ratna Kumari (62), in their Kannur house. Here she was allegedly sexually abused by the accused and became pregnant in 2017. The incident came to light recently when the girl’s sister, who is in Ernakulam, revealed the incident during a counselling session with the CWC, three years later.
According to police officials in Kannur, the minor was in Class 10 when the incident took place, and the accused had threatened to kill her if she revealed the incident to anybody.
Moreover, it was found that Sasikumar is allegedly a repeat offender. Back in 2012 and 2014, he had apparently fostered two minor girls. There is a Pocso case against him for sexually abusing one of the girls, said an officer.
Further, Sasikumar is said to have lied in his application to CWC to foster the child in 2015. While police say he is a tabla artist, he wrote in the application that he was a retired army man.
Sasikumar was also married thrice, Ratnakumari is his third wife and lives with him in Kannur.
The incident has exposed serious cracks in Kerala’s welfare initiatives for children, particularly minors under state care.