Man held for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing mi­nor

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI -

A 31-year-old man was ar­rested for al­legedly sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a mi­nor girl.

The po­lice said the 14-yearold girl lives with her mother, who is a di­vorcee. “Her mother had to go to their na­tive place in south In­dia for some work, leav­ing the girl alone at home. She told her neigh­bours to take care of the girl,” said Shrikant Shinde, po­lice in­spec­tor from Kharghar po­lice sta­tion.

On Tues­day, the ac­cused, Pankaj Naik, came to their house and started talk­ing to the girl. “He bolted the door and sex­u­ally as­saulted her. He also tried to rape her. When the girl raised an alarm, he ran away,” he said.

The mother came back to the city and reg­is­tered a first in­for­ma­tion re­port fol­low­ing which the po­lice ar­rested the ac­cused.

The po­lice have booked the ac­cused un­der sec­tions 354 (as­sault or crim­i­nal force to wo­man with in­tent to ou­trage her mod­esty) of the IPC and rel­e­vant sec­tions of Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act, 2012.

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