Thiruvananthapuram: Shafeeq-Al-Qasimi, who was the former Imam of a rural mosque at Tholicode in Vithura was booked on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at Vithura near here.
A case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered against him based on the mosque committee’s statement. The committee has also suspended him from the Kozhikode Muslim Jama-ath, said the police.
According to the statement, Qasimi had lured the 15-year-old girl to an isolated forest area and sexually assaulted her last week. The incident came to light after some women confronted the cleric after spotting him with the school-going girl in the forest.
The child, however, denied the assault charges against the former Imam. The victim or her family are yet to file a complaint.
Meanwhile, Shafeeq Al Qasimi, whose religious preachings are popular on social media is absconding and has reportedly approached the Kerala High Court for anticipatory bail.