10-year-old mo­lested, CCTV shows ac­cused en­ter­ing build­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Arvind Walmiki

THANE: A 10-year-old girl was al­legedly mo­lested by an uniden­ti­fied man in­side her build­ing on Thurs­day.

The CCTV cam­era has cap­tured a man’s face, but none of the res­i­dents has been able to iden­tify the man, po­lice said.

On Thurs­day, the Class 3 stu­dent went to her tuition classes in the morn­ing. She en­tered the build­ing around 12.10pm.

Ac­cord­ing to the girl, the ac­cused had been fol­low­ing her. When she reached the first floor, the man blocked her way and mo­lested her.

The girl ran home and told her mother about the or­deal. “When the mother went down­stairs to check, she found no one. They lodged a com­plaint,” said Man­dar Dhar­madikari, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Thane Na­gar po­lice sta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the CCTV footage shows a man en­ter­ing the build­ing and leav­ing af­ter some time, but none of the res­i­dents was able to iden­tify him. “Af­ter the in­ci­dent, we are scared to let our chil­dren to go play down­stairs. We have planned for an ur­gent meet­ing and to ap­point a watch­man for the build­ing,” said a res­i­dent.

The man was charged un­der sec­tion 354 (as­sault or crim­i­nal force to woman with in­tent to out­rage her mod­esty) and 509( Word, ges­ture or act in­tended to in­sult the mod­esty of a woman) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and rel­e­vant sec­tions of the Pre­ven­tion Of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act 2012 (POCSO).

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