21-year-old rapes tod­dler, held

Child’s Mother Had Left Her In His Care In Shah­pur Jat

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: A 21-year-old care­taker of a build­ing was caught sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a one-and-a half-year-old child at her house in Shah­pur Jat near Hauz Khas on Mon­day af­ter­noon. The child’s mother, who works as a house­hold help, had left the child in his care. When she re­turned, she found him rap­ing the child.

The girl was ad­mit­ted to Saf­dur­jung hos­pi­tal and has been kept un­der ob­ser­va­tion af­ter a mi­nor surgery.

Around 5pm, when the child’s mother re­turned from work­ing at a nearby hous­ing colony, she heard the girl’s cries and rushed to the room. She found the youth sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her daugh­ter. An­other youth known to the ac­cused was stand­ing near the door to keep a watch.

The woman fought with the youth, but he man­aged to flee. She then in­formed her husband about the in­ci­dent. The ac­cused was soon caught by lo­cal res­i­dents who had gath­ered af­ter hear­ing the mother’s calls for help.

The youth claimed that he came to Delhi with the child’s fa­ther, who runs a place­ment agency. He used to bring youths ev­ery month from their vil­lage in UP and em­ploy them in Delhi.

The youth got the job of a care­taker at an apart­ment, but stayed with the child’s par­ents to save on rent.

“We used to ask him to keep an eye on the child while we were away. His be­hav­iour is quite un­ex­pected,” said the child’s fa­ther.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, the ac­cused tried to re­move blo- odstains from the room and washed the bed­sheet stained with the child’s blood. He is be­ing ques­tioned to find out if he has com­mit­ted sim­i­lar of­fenses be­fore. His friend, who was keep­ing guard out­side the room, is also be­ing ques­tioned to find out whether he too had raped the child.

Fam­ily mem­bers said that the girl was ad­mit­ted to the ICU of Saf­dar­jung hos­pi­tal on Mon­day night. How­ever, they weren’t al­lowed to meet her un­til Tues­day morn­ing.

Doc­tors told po­lice that the child has suf­fered in­ter­nal in­juries and would take a few weeks to re­cover.

“We treat cases of sex­ual as­sault of chil­dren with ut­most im­por­tance. The ac­cused was ar­rested within 24 hours of the com­plaint be­ing reg­is­tered. He has been booked for rape and un­der POCSO Act,” Delhi Po­lice chief spokesper­son Depen­dra Pathak said.

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