Govt of­fi­cial mo­lests mi­nor for 2 yrs, held

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Navi Mum­bai: The Kharghar po­lice has re­cently ar­rested a gov­ern­ment clerk for al­legedly sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a 11-yearold girl, re­sid­ing in his neigh­bour­ing house, over the past two years. The ac­cused, a res­i­dent of Kharghar, has been booked un­der Sec­tion 354, and 376 of the IPC along with the POCSO Act.

Po­lice sub-in­spec­tor Vikrant Tharkar said, “The ac­cused has been al­legedly sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the mi­nor for past two years when­ever she vis­ited his house to play com­puter games with his son. The girl stays with her fa­ther, who is un­well and is also un­em­ployed, while her mother has passed away. Hence, the ac­cused took dis­ad­van­tage of her sit­u­a­tion and abused her re­peat­edly. The in­ci­dent came to light when the girl nar­rated her or­deal to a woman (name with­held) who reg­is­tered a com­plaint on the child helpline num­ber ‘1098’.” — Ge­orge Men­donca

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