On Tuesday, a five-year-old girl was molested by a 22-year-old man on the terrace of her building. Kurla police have arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly sexually assaulting his employer’s five-year-old daughter on the terrace.
According to a report in Indian Express, the incident took place around 6.30pm, when the girl, a Kurla resident, had gone to Matunga for tuition. The girl was picked up by the mother of one of her classmates. The woman took the five-year-old to her house, as the girl’s parents were not home. She then informed them to pick their child from her house.
As the girl’s parents were not home, girl’s father had asked his employee to pick up the girl. The victim’s father runs a general store in Kurla (West) a short distance away from his residence. The accused, who had been employed by the family for several years, worked as a helper in the shop and did odd jobs for the family.
The employee picked up the five-year-old, but took her to the terrace of the building instead of taking her home. He then asked the girl to sit on his lap and tried touching her inappropriately. The girl realised something was amiss and started shouting for help.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajiv Jain, Zone V, told Hindu, “On Tuesday night, he picked up the victim from her tuition classes. However, instead of taking her home, he took her up to the terrace and sexually assaulted her. The building’s guard, who was also on the terrace at the time, caught the accused in the act.”
Lalasaheb Shetye, senior police inspector of Kurla police station, told Mumbai Mirror, “In her statement to the police, the victim said that they were taught about good and bad touch in their school, under the ‘Police Didi’ initiative of the Mumbai Police.”
The accused has been arrested by Kurla Police, under section 354 (outraging a woman’s modesty) of the IPC and section 8 (sexual assault) and 12 (sexual harassment) of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act.
‘Police Didi’ project:
Under the project Police Didi, these female officers talk to the women and school girls about the problems they face, especially those pertaining to sexual harassment. Launched around four years ago in collaboration with few city-based NGOs, the project engages women personnel from 93 police stations across the city. They are mostly constable and some are ASI level officers as well.