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Malappuram: A 47-year-old man was arrested by the Kerala police on Saturday for allegedly raping his four minor daughters.

The man, a daily labourer, is a liquor addict and lives in Valanchery near here with his family.

He has four daughters aged 17, 15, 13 and 10, who are now being medically examined to confirm the sexual assault. Thereafter, they will be presented before a magistrate to record their statements.

It was the 10-year-old girl who first disclosed the matter to her teacher and soon the school authorities took all the four sisters for counselling, where they made further disclosures.

The school authorities then informed the police which later arrested the accused.

Based on the complaint of the four girls, we took the father into custody and recorded his arrest," a senior police official said.

Belonging to a financially backward family, the children were living and studying at a charitable boarding school at nearby Perinthalmanna and the father allegedly used to abuse them when they came to their rented home during holidays, he said.

The 17-year-old girl, who came back home as she had completed her schooling, was later shifted to the hostel of the same boarding school, the official said, adding that their mother was unaware about the harassment.

Four cases have been slapped against the accused under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Indian Penal Code, police added.