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