In yet another shocking case in the city involving a minor, an eight-year-old girl was abducted and sexually assaulted by a man inside his car in East Delhi’s Shakarpur area on Sunday afternoon.
Police said the incident occurred around 3.30 pm when the child was returning home after attending a “bhandara” in Priyadarshini Vihar.
She was stopped and abducted by the accused in a Swift Dzire car. He took her to an isolated place nearby and sexually assaulted her. Police said a medical examination has confirmed the assault.
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The accused was caught abusing the girl by her family members when they, together with some residents, went looking for her after they noticed she was missing, police said.
According to police, the girl is a Class III student at a government school. She stays with her parents in Shakarpur.
”The 26-year-old accused lured the girl on the pretext of giving her chocolates,” a local police officer said.
He said the accused abducted her in his car and accelerated away from the spot. The incident quickly came to light when a street vendor raised an alarm after he saw it.
“The girl’s parents then reached the spot and started a search. They found the vehicle in a park in the Laxmi Nagar area and nabbed the accused,” the police officer said.
Police said the residents then made a PCR call. When news of the crime spreading in the area, infuriated residents thrashed the accused until police arrived to take him away. “The girl was later taken to a nearby hospital for a medical examination, which confirmed rape. She is recuperating but doctors have said she is mentally distressed. She is receiving counselling,” the police officer said.
The accused was arrested and his car impounded. On the basis of the girl’s statement, a case was registered at Shakarpur police station under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.