A delivery boy with a Domino’s Pizza outlet in Lajpat Nagar allegedly molested a five-year-old girl on Sunday afternoon.
The 27-year-old accused was arrested a few hours after the child’s family approached the police.
He has been identified as Amit and had been working as a delivery boy for the last four months.
Domino’s Pizza, in a statement, said that they immediately terminated the services of the accused and are extending their full cooperation to ensure a thorough investigation.
According to the police, the girl, a Class I student, lives in a joint family in the Ashram area and her father is a software engineer in a city outside Delhi.
He had placed the order for his family.
“The delivery boy brought the pizza around 11.45 a.m. We assumed that he had left once we collected our order from him. But, within minutes my niece came running to us trembling and sweating, and indicated to us that the delivery boy had misbehaved with her,” the girl’s uncle told The Hindu .
Some family members rushed out to catch the suspect but he was allegedly seen speeding away on his motorcycle.
“The girl was climbing the stairs when Amit switched off the light in that area and molested her before she escaped and informed us,” said the uncle.
The family said one amongst them called the police control room (PCR) while some others visited the outlet to catch the suspect, who lives in Dakshinpuri. “We demanded that Amit’s colleagues hand him over to us, but they hid him in the outlet. Some even claimed that he had resigned long ago,” alleged the girl’s cousin brother.
A spokesperson with Domino’s Pizza, however, denied the allegation.
“No one at the outlet tried to shield the accused. There could have been a miscommunication. We are always ready to report such incidents to the authorities,” the spokesperson told The Hindu over phone.
The police registered a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and arrested Amit. A senior police officer said he had confessed to the crime.