A three-year-old was allegedly assaulted by a juvenile in northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar, police said. Confirming the incident, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) A K Singla said the “minor accused has been apprehended and sent to a juvenile home”.
Police said the girl’s mother had reported the matter to police following which a case was registered on Thursday. The accused person helps his father run a grocery store in the locality. On the day of the incident, the girl’s father had left for work while her mother was taking a bath. “The woman told us that her daughter was playing outside the house. When she came out, she found her daughter was missing,” the officer said.
Police said the mother, along with some locals, were looking for the girl when they reportedly heard cries from the grocery store. “They got inside the store and found the girl crying. The accused tried to flee from the spot but was apprehended. The girl was in a lot of pain. She told her mother that she was lured by the accused to the shop,” the officer said.
Police then roped in a counsellor from a local NGO and conducted a medical examination of the girl.
When the minor was questioned, he told police that he had lured the girl on the pretext of offering snacks at his shop and then attempted to rape her. “The boy’s father had told us that he was away and the shop was being run by the boy. The boy has confessed to his involvement in the case,” the officer added.
In another incident, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her father’s colleague in Nand Nagri area. The incident was reported to police by the girl’s family at Nand Nagri police station. “The girl studies in a government school,” a police officer said.
The accused, who fled to Meerut, was arrested on Wednesday, police said. The child’s mother told police that she had asked her daughter to go to a local store to collect money from the shopkeeper. When the girl reached the spot, the accused spotted her and lured her to an abandoned spot and allegedly sexually assaulted her.