Palghar: In yet another horrifying instance of sexual assault on a minor girl, a 40 year-old has been arrested by Talasari police.

The accused, Paskal Jamnyar Masmar, used to assault his 14 year old niece and got her pregnant. While the girl has been admitted to a government hospital for further medical tests and check-ups, the cops have arrested the Masmar. He has been charged under section 376, 506 and other sections of Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) and was remanded to police custody till 11 August.

According to police sources, it started in the second week of May 2016 when this uncle allegedly took her to a near-by jungle and assaulted her. He further threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the incident to anyone. Last week when she was undergoing routine medical tests at her school, doctors were shocked to find her pregnant. After probing her they discovered that she had missed her earlier two monthly cycles. The doctors alerted the school authorities who took the girl’s guardians into confidence and gave the details. The girl’s aunt later got the Masmar arrested by registering a complaint with the Talasari police station in Palghar.

PI Keshav Naik of the Talasari police station said, “The girl used to live with her uncle and aunt as her father was lodged in Nashik jail for murdering his wife. The accused has two children, a boy and a girl, and lived with his family and this minor.”

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