The sexual abuse case of the seven girl inmates of a Muslim orphanage at Muttil in Wayanad district came to light when the orphanage administrator lodged a complaint with the police.
Police registered a case against six local persons, based on the complaint, which submitted that the girls were sexually abused by the gang at the shop situated near the orphanage for over two months.
Any other information about the incident was not known immediately and police said more details would be shared as the probe progresses.
The incident comes close on the heels of a 16-year-old girl being allegedly raped by a church vicar at Kottiyoor in neighbouring Kannur district.
Investigations had revealed that they had tried to cover up the incident that involved a Catholic priest, reported PTI. Ironically, the accused was known for speaking publicly against child sex abuse.
On December 8, 2016, another priest was sentenced to double life imprisonment, and fined Rs 2.15 lakh under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act for raping a minor.
Police filed the complaint after the administrator of the institution approached the police seeking action against the youngsters.