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Thiruvananthapuram: A court in Thiruvananthapuram has set free a police officer who was accused of sexually harassing a minor girl. The fast-track POCSO court acquitted the Alappuzha Civil Police Officer, SS Anoop, who was working at the Vithura station at the time of the incident.
The complainant, who turned major, appeared before the court and stated that she was coerced by her father to make a statement against the police officer.
The complaint said that the girl was raped a few days before she turned 18. However, the girl told the court that Anoop did not misbehave with her. She had earlier given the same statement to the police.
Anoop said that the girl’s parents are separated and there is an ongoing case in the family court. Meanwhile, the Vithura police had booked the father for assaulting her mother, he said. He added that the father made the girl file a case against him assuming that Anoop was behind this.
The girl’s mother was the second accused in the sexual assault case.
Following the complaint, Anoop was suspended for six months and was transferred to Alappuzha. Later when he surrendered, he was sent to jail for 14 days.