A 21-year-old youth allegedly tried to molest a five-year-old girl at Mukthi Nagar in KG Halli police station limits here on Sunday, according to the police. The girl, who is a resident of Yaseen Nagar, had gone to visit her grandmother in Mukthi Nagar on Sunday morning. The police said that the accused Mazhar Sheikh, a resident of the same locality, lured the girl with a chocolate and took her near a deserted railway gate in Yaseen Nagar and allegedly tried to molest her. The accused bit her cheek and as the child screamed in a bid to get away from his hold, residents were alerted and they rescued her. They beat up the accused before handing him over to the police. The KG Halli police have registered a case of assault against the accused.

The child was admitted to Dr. Ambedkar Hospital where medical tests are being conducted. The police said that except for the bite on the cheek, the child appears to be physically unharmed.