Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 19: A man arrested on charges of sexually abusing a minor boy was remanded in judicial custody, police said on Saturday.
Thampanoor police, who arrested Haneefa of Thalassery in Kannur district, said he befriended the 16-year-old boy who had run away from his home.
The man took the boy to a lodge on the pretext of offering him a job and subjected him to unnatural sex.
After escaping from Haneefa, the boy returned home and narrated the incident to his family, who contacted the police.
Haneefa, a costume designer, worked mainly for participants of school arts festivals.