Feb 12, 2008

'Filmmaker' Molests 16 Schoolboys

'Filmmaker' molests 16 schoolboys

A man who posed as a documentary filmmaker hoodwinked teachers and even parents to sexually abuse 16 boys of an upper primary school in Alleppey district of Kerala.

Nobody checked the identity of the man, but the students were allowed to meet him, separately, in his hotel room when he was alone. After a month, he has now vanished, leaving a shocking tale of deceit and negligence.

The shameful episode unfurled over a period of one month involving Class VII students of the Government Upper Primary School in Naluchira.

"On January 9, the accused came to the school introducing himself as Biju, a documentary filmmaker. The headmaster was absent and he talked to the teacher in-charge about his plan to make a documentary. He left his mobile number with some students and asked them to talk to him through their parents if they wanted to act," C K Uthaman, the circle inspector investigating the case, told TOI on Monday.

The inspector said Biju managed to convince the teachers and the parents and when the headmaster returned, he even made him arrange a gathering of students where he could choose his preys in the guise of giving them roles, he added.

"One of the teachers even gave him his vacant house for work," Uthaman said. As if enacting a script, Biju arranged a function to mark the start of shooting. "He then called the boys separately to the house and to his lodge where he sexually abused them," the inspector said.

The incident came to light when a suspicious teacher quizzed one of the boys noticing a change in his behaviour. The boy spilled the beans, but by then the accused too had got the clue and vanished. "Apart from his name and a side glimpse in a CD of the function, we don't have anything else to establish his identity," Uthaman said.