Kerala Cricket Association under fire for employing POCSO accused

According to the report, there have been a total of six POSCO cases filed against Manu over incidents which span from 2018 to May 2024

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KCA accused of employing POCSO accused

The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) is accused of employing a cricket coach, Manu M, despite complaints about him regarding sexual abuse of young players under The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), according to a report by The News Minute

The report says KCA recieved multiple complaints about bullying girls from 2018 including first allegation of sexual abuse in 2022. A case was registered against him following the incident and six cases have been filed against Manu under POCSO for incidents between the time period of 2018 and 2024. 

"We got the first complaint from a parent in June this year about an incident that took place in 2018. They had already registered a complaint with Childline before informing us. But in April, Manu had sent in his resignation citing that he got a job in Bengaluru where his family lives," Vinod S Kumar, KCA secretary, was quoted as saying.

The report added that although he wasn't convicted in 2022, KCA contnued to employ him despite the complaints. Manu was part of the coaching set up and was in charge of a team in as late as May 2024 during the fifth edition of the Pink T20 Challengers. He was the coach of Team Ruby in KCA's tournament in Thiruvanthapuram.

One of the first complaints registered was in June 2024 by a player who came for Pink T20 Challengers. She accused the coach of sexually abusing her in 2018.

According to the report, the KCA has no internal committee as mandated by the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) Act. There is no committee at the governing body to look into the matters of sexual abuse of minors although it has an ethics committe and an obudsman.