Updated: August 13, 2021 1:37:33 am
Agripada Police have arrested a 47-year-old labourer for allegedly sexually assaulting his 12-year-old stepdaughter. The police said the incident took place during the wee hours of Monday and the accused was arrested the same evening after a complaint was lodged.
According to the police, the accused and his family lived on a footpath.
“Between 2 am and 4 am on Monday, the accused started touching the girl in an inappropriate manner. However, the victim did not complain to her mother about the incident at that time. The episode was reported to the victim’s mother by another woman who stayed on the same footpath and witnessed the alleged assault,” said senior police inspector Sriram Koregaonkar of Agripada police station.
Following this, the victim’s mother asked her daughter about the incident.
“The mother then confronted the accused after which he assaulted her and fled,” said an investigator.
The mother then took her daughter to Agripada police station and a case under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 10 and 12 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 was registered.
“We then traced the accused to Kamathipura and placed him under arrest,” said an officer.
The accused is currently in the custody of Agripada Police, which is trying to find out if he had sexually assaulted his stepdaughter in the past as well.
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