A 43-year-old army havildar was arrested on Saturday for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old girl in Delhi Cantonment in southwest Delhi. The crime took place almost a month ago but was reported to the police on Friday.
The accused, Vijender Kumar, is married and lives with his family.
He was booked under section 354A (physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures) of IPC and other relevant sections of protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO) Act
. Kumar was produced before a city court that sent him to Tihar jail, said police.
The girl in her complaint told police that on August 25, she had gone to see off her male friend at a nearby bus stop where Kumar saw her with him. As Kumar knew her, he approached her and asked about the boy.
When the girl refused, he allegedly threatened her saying he would tell her parents about the boy. The girl ignored him and left for home while Kumar allegedly followed her, said a police officer.
In her complaint, the girl alleged that she was about to reach home when Kumar first put his hand on her head and then touched her shoulder. Soon, he allegedly started touching her indecently and thus outraged her modesty. The girl protested and ran inside her flat. She informed her parents about Kumar’s alleged act and they in turn lodged a complaint against him with the higher authorities.
A police officer said that an internal inquiry was initiated into the matter. But when the matter was not be sorted, the girl’s family approached the Delhi Cantonment police station and filed a complaint against Kumar.
“We registered an FIR and arrested Kumar,” the officer added.