Au­torick­shaw driver held for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing 5-yr-old


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PANCHKULA: A shock­ing in­ci­dent, an au­torick­shaw driver has been ar­rested for un­nat­u­ral sex with a five-year-old girl of Ra­jiv Colony. The po­lice reg­is­tered a case on Sun­day as the fam­ily of the vic­tim was re­luc­tant to lodge a com­plaint fear­ing so­cial stigma. The in­ci­dent took place on De­cem­ber 28.

The sus­pect used to take the vic­tim to Post Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (PGIMER), where she was un­der­go­ing treat­ment for two holes in her heart. He has been ar­rested and iden­ti­fied as Raju (25), a res­i­dent of Mauli Ja­gran. Raju was driver of the au­torick­shaw owned by the vic­tim’s fa­ther.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the fam­ily of the vic­tim was ini­tially re­luc­tant to lodge a com­plaint due to em­bar­rass­ment, but they ap­proached the po­lice later af­ter res­i­dents of the colony man­aged to con­vince her par­ents.

The fa­ther of the vic­tim told po­lice that her daugh­ter was fa­mil­iar with the sus­pect as his used to take her to PGIMER for her rou­tine check-up.

In his com­plaint, he main­tained that his daugh­ter was play­ing out­side their house when the ac­cused made her ac­com­pany him on some pre­text.

He took the child to a jun­gle in Sec­tor 20 where he al­legedly sex­u­ally abused her. The sus­pect later dropped her home and left.

The mother of the child spot­ted blood on her clothes and when she en­quired, the girl did not speak for a few hours. How­ever, later she nar­rated the en­tire in­ci­dent to her mother.

The vic­tim was taken to the Sec­tor-6 Government Hospi­tal for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion but had to wait for more than two hours due to non-avail­abil­ity of doc­tors. It was only af­ter the mat­ter was taken up with the civil sur­geon of the hospi­tal that the vic­tim was ex­am­ined.

Panchkula DCP Parul Jain also vis­ited the hospi­tal and as­sured the fam­ily of the vic­tim that strict ac­tion will be taken against the cul­prit.

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