Mumbai: A 17-year-old was arrested on Monday for allegedly pushing off a 13-year-old girl from the eighth floor of a high-rise in Aarey Colony on Saturday evening, after she rejected his proposal. He has been remanded to the Dongri correction home for juveniles.The teenager, who owns an eatery near the building where the girl lived, confessed to having pushed her after she failed to reciprocate his romantic feelings and the two had a heated argument, the police said.
According to police sources, the girl, a resident of Diamond Building in Aarey Colony at Goregaon (E), was allegedly being stalked by the teen accused. The girl's neighbours said the boy lived in a hutment near the eatery and would frequently visit the building to deliver food, so residents had no reason to be suspicious of his visits to the building.
On Saturday, the girl had left her home around 9.45pm, saying she was going out to eat pani-puri at the eatery. Ten minutes later, she was found lying in a pool of blood on the ground floor of the building. She was immediately rushed to Dr. L H Hiranandani Hospital in Powai, where she is being kept under observation. Meanwhile, the neighbours alerted police, who began the investigation.
A police source said, during the investigation, the accused teen's role was closely scrutinised after the watchman said he had seen the boy and girl together, minutes before the incident. When police questioned the teen, he confessed to having pushed her off the eighth floor after an argument. Aarey Police have arrested the teen and booked him under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for an attempt to murder (section 307). Meanwhile, the girl, who sustained serious head injuries, is under observation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.