A sexagenarian businessman of Jaipur’s Muhana locality has been booked for allegedly trying to molest the minor daughter of his tenant, the police said on Saturday.
In a complaint, lodged on Friday, the child’s father has accused his landlord of disrobing, molesting and clicking photographs of his 10-year-old daughter.
Jaipur has seen a rise in crime against children. This is the sixth incident of child abuse reported within three months in the state capital. In July, a 56-year-old businessman was arrested for molesting the minor daughter of his cook-cum-tenant in Bani Park area.
“My daughter told my wife on September 22 (Thursday) that around three to four days ago our landlord had taken her to his room in our absence. He took off his clothes and also stripped her and tried to touch her inappropriately. He also took pictures of my daughter on his mobile phone,” father of the girl told HT.
“The accused tried to molest her, but let her go when the child got scared and started screaming.”
The girl’s father told the police that the accused had threatened the child and told her that he would give her chocolates if she remains mum.
The family has been living at the house for the past 14 months, police said.
The Muhana police have booked the accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, however, the man went missing soon after the case was lodged against him, said deputy commissioner of police (south) Manish Agarwal.
According to the State Crime Records Bureau data, in Rajasthan at least 283 cases of child abuse were lodged under the POCSO Act in the first six months this year, which indicates that on an average, at least one child was sexually harassed in the state everyday.
Expressing concern over the rising number of child abuse cases, chairperson of Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Manan Chaturvedi said: “Such crimes are a testimony to the fact that perversion is increasing in society and only by imparting moral values and individually engaging with this problem can we bring change.”