A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a man in south Delhi’s Mehrauli on Saturday. The 28-year-old accused, a driver by profession, has been arrested, said the police. The victim is undergoing treatment at a hospital for the injuries sustained. Police have booked the accused under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The victim lives with her parents at a night shelter in Mehrauli. On Saturday evening, she and two other girls from the shelter were playing and it was suspected that she may have wandered away.
Both her friends returned by 9 p.m., but the victim was not to be found, said a police officer.
A search was launched and the police were informed when the efforts proved futile by 10 p.m. The girl was found bruised and battered in a forested area after two hours of search launched by the police.
“She appeared traumatized and was unable to tell us anything initially. We sent her for a medical test which confirmed rape,” said the officer.
Investigations revealed that a neighbour, who also lived in a night shelter, was last seen with the girl. The suspect was nabbed and questioned during which he allegedly confessed to have committed the rape. The officer added that they zeroed in on the suspect as was known to frequently change his shelter home. They are also probing whether he was involved in similar crimes in the past. However, no such complaints apart from the latest have been received against him, said the police.
The victim is undergoing treatment for the injuries sustained, but is said to be out of danger