Police have arrested a cab driver and his associate for allegedly stalking and attempting to abduct two girls aged 8 and 10 years. The incident was reported from East Delhi’s Pandav Nagar area on Thursday.
According to the police, Praveen Kumar and Dheerpal- had been stalking the girls for the past one week and had tried pulling them inside a car. The girl’s had however, not reported the matter to their parents fearing that they would be confined inside their homes.
On Thursday when the girls were on their way home from school, the duo started stalking them again and intercepted them. When the men allegedly tried to pull the girls inside the car, one of them bit his hand and ran inside a temple in the area.
The girls reportedly hid inside a temple for an hour and then ran home. After reaching home, the girl narrated the episode to their mother.
“That evening, their mother dropped them to the tuition. She, however, got late to pick them up from the center. When the girls left the tuition center alone, the two men started trailing them again. It is then when they raised an alarm and alerted the people around. By the time, their mother also reached and caught hold of the two men. The public thrashed them and made a PCR call. The men were then handed over to the police team,” a police officer said.
Investigation into the case revealed that the two men used to stand outside a school in Pandav Nagar and allegedly offered to drop girls home. They would allegedly stalk and harass them. Police said that they had allegedly molested many other girls in a similar way.
“The men would offer a lift to the girls in their car and in case they agreed to board, they would touch them inappropriately and harass them. The men also used to threaten them of dire consequences,” a police officer said.
The police have registered a case of stalking and POCSO (protection of child from sexual offenses). “The statements of the complainants have been recorded under 164 CrPC before the magistrate and the men have been arrested. They have been sent for a 14 days judicial custody,” said a police officer.