Kannur: Five persons have been arrested for raping a class 10 girl at a lodge in Parassinikkadavu. Police have taken eight more, including DYFI worker Nikhil Thaliyil and the victim’s father, in custody in connection with the case.

The arrested were identified as KV Sandeep, Shamsudheen, Ayoob, Shabir and lodge manager Pavithran, all natives of Kannur. The police have named 19 persons as accused in the case. 

According to the police, a woman befriended the girl through Facebook. The girl met the woman in person for the first time on November 13, while she was going to one of her friend’s house in Parassinikkadavu. The woman made the girl change her uniform. She took the girl to a lodge in the Parassinikkadavu in a car that belonged to one of the arrested. The girl was gang raped at the lodge. Later, she was raped again after threatening to publicise her nude pictures.

The incident came to light after the girl and her mother filed a complaint at the women’s cell in Kannur.

According to the girl’s statement, nearly 20 people had raped her. It also states that she was raped again after threatening to make her nude pictures public. The investigation team also received information that the girl’s brother was beaten up by a group of six persons after he questioned them for trying to blackmail him using his sister's nude pictures.