Cricket coach arrested for sexual assault, SHRC takes suo moto case, serves notice to Kerala Cricket Association

The State Human Rights Commission, while issuing the notice, sought an explanation on how Manu continued in his role despite previous allegations against him.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 07, 2024 | 6:17 PM Updated Jul 07, 2024 | 6:38 PM

Cricket coach arrested for sexual assault, SHRC takes suo moto case, serves notice to Kerala Cricket Association

A controversy has erupted surrounding allegations of sexual harassment against a cricket coach associated with the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA), prompting action from the State Human Rights Commission. The commission, acting suo motu, has taken up the case following alarming reports.

The coach identified as Manu, faces serious accusations dating back a year and a half ago when a complaint was lodged against him for sexually harassing a girl who had enrolled for cricket coaching.

After that, subsequent incidents involving more girls have surfaced, raising questions about the handling of such complaints by the KCA.

The Commission has issued a notice to the KCA, seeking an explanation on how Manu continued in his role despite previous allegations against him.

“It came to our notice that a year and a half ago, this person was accused of sexually harassing a girl, who arrived for cricket coaching. However, that complaint somehow got compromised. Now, more girls have come forward against him. Despite this, KCA claims they are unaware of such incidents,” stated the commission.

Currently, six girls have come forward with complaints against Manu. He has been arrested under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and remains in custody.

According to the complaints, Manu coerced the girls into posing nude under the false pretense that these assessments were mandated by the National Selection Committee and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to evaluate their body shape and flexibility.

Reports also suggest that some girls were subjected to sexual assault during coaching sessions in Thenkasi, Tamil Nadu.

The KCA has maintained that they were unaware of these incidents, prompting further scrutiny into the matter.

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(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)

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