A 56-year-old man was arrested on Monday on charges of molesting a three-year-old girl in Jaipur’s Bani Park area.
The police said the accused runs a hostel for women in Indra Colony. He molested the child, the daughter of their cook, on Sunday. The police have arrested the man under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 after medical tests on Monday confirmed that he inserted fingers inside her private parts.
Station house officer of Bani Park police station, Dharmendra Kumar, said the child and her family lived in the same house where the accused and his family ran a women’s hostel. The accused, a businessman, owns a farmhouse in Shahpura and used to stay there for most part of the month and visited his family in Inder Colony occasional, Kumar said.
“In the complaint, the girl’s mother said the child had gone upstairs (where the accused lives with his family) for some time on Sunday evening…when she returned (to their room), the girl headed straight to the bathroom. When her mother enquired, the child complained of pain in her private parts,” the SHO said, adding that the complainant has claimed in her statement that she found bruises (red marks) over her daughter’s private parts and raised an alarm.
The family lodged a complaint late on Sunday night after which the police sent the girl to JK Lone Hospital for medical tests.
“Initial medical tests confirmed there was an attempt to insert fingers inside the child’s vagina so we arrested the accused and took him into police custody. We are waiting for further medical tests,” said the SHO.
The child’s father, an auto-rickshaw driver, told HT: “When we asked our daughter who touched her private parts, she told us the name of the accused. Later, when we confronted the accused, she also pointed her fingers towards him. Since she is taking her name, we are confirmed that he is the culprit.”
JK Lone Hospital superintendent Dr Ashok Gupta also confirmed molestation. “The accused had inserted fingers inside her private parts, but her hymen is intact. She is admitted in the hospital and a detailed examination will be done for further details,” he said.