Idukki: Kerala Police have arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly attacking an eight-year-old girl, who is the daughter of his friend.

The victim’s mother, along with her three daughters including the eight-year-old, had shifted to a rented house at Upputhara in Idukki. The accused Anish had been taking care of the family after they moved to the new house. According to sources, the minor's father was bedridden following a paralysis attack.

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The eldest daughter was not comfortable with Anish's frequent visits to their home. She even warned Anish not to enter their home and said that she would inform her father about his regular visits. Enraged by the girl's warnings and comments, Anish brutally beat her.

Meanwhile, it is also alleged that the mother didn't bother when Anish used to thrash the minor. Later when the torture became worse, the girl complained about it to her aunt and relatives. Then the girl's grandmother complained to the Upputhara police station.

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The police questioned the girl and medical check-up was also done. In the medical report, it was found that the girl had undergone physical violence. The accused has been remanded in custody for 14 days, and he is currently lodged at Peermade sub-jail.

Crimes against children in Kerala are increasing day by day. Last month, a seven-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death by his stepfather. Kerala Police had arrested the stepfather and the mother of the boy.

Another similar incident happened last week where a three-year-old boy was killed by his mother in Aluva. A 15-month-old-girl also was murdered by her mother in Alappuzha. She confessed to police that she killed the baby as she was irritated by her constant cries.