22-yr-old held for kid­nap­ping, sex­u­ally as­sault­ing mi­nor girl

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: A 22-year-old man from Digha, who al­legedly kid­napped and sex­u­ally as­saulted a mi­nor from Ra­bale MIDC, has been ar­rested by the po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the five-year-old was play­ing near her res­i­dence at Gawte­vadi around 3pm on Fri­day while her mother was busy with her house­hold chores and father was at work.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion, Sahil As­lam An­sari, who was loi­ter­ing in the area, took the girl to­wards the hills be­hind the vil­lage.

“As the ac­cused was walk­ing to­wards an iso­lated area with the girl, one of her rel­a­tives saw them and in­formed the girl’s mother. The mother, along with other peo­ple, im­me­di­ately reached the spot and res­cued the girl. The ac­cused had al­legedly kissed and touched the girl in­ap­pro­pri­ately by then,” said KN Gawde, sub-in­spec­tor, Ra­bale MIDC po­lice sta­tion.

Those who had ac­com­pa­nied the girl’s mother caught the ac­cused and later handed him over to the po­lice.

Fol­low­ing an FIR reg­is­tered by the girl’s mother, po­lice for­mally ar­rested him in the evening.

The po­lice have booked the ac­cused un­der sec­tions 363 (pun­ish­ment for kid­nap­ping) and 364 (kid­nap­ping in or­der to mur­der) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and sec­tion 8 of Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act, 2012. He was pro­duced be­fore the court on Satur­day and has been re­manded to po­lice cus­tody till Jan­uary 13.

“We are try­ing to find why the ac­cused took the girl to that iso­lated spot. He might have com­mit­ted a heinous act had the girl not been res­cued in time. We are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing if there was any per­sonal en­mity be­tween the ac­cused and the girl’s fam­ily,” an­other of­fi­cer said.

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