An eleven-year old girl from a well-known south Mumbai school was allegedly molested in a taxi on Tuesday. The girl, who was on her way back home from school, had to jump from a speeding taxi to escape the 60-year-old driver, who refused to stop the vehicle, the police said.
The accused was caught late on Tuesday and has been booked under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code, along with Section 8 under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.
According to the police, the accused, Mohammad Mirzee, is a resident of JJ Marg. The incident took place around 11am and a case was registered with the DB Marg police.
An officer from DB Marg police station, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said, “On Tuesday, the girl hired a taxi from outside the school. The accused asked her to sit with him in the front passenger seat, telling her she would get hurt at the back when the taxi made turns.”
The police said when she sat in the front, the accused began touching her inappropriately. She asked Mirzee to stop the taxi, but he began speeding, the police said. The girl was forced to open the passenger door and jump out of the vehicle, they said.
“The girl then hired another taxi and went home. She told her parents, who took her to the police station and was then sent for a medical examination. Later, a case was registered,” said an officer.
The police formed two special teams to trace the molester.
“We obtained CCTV grabs from cameras in south Mumbai and identified the taxi’s registration number, which led us to his residence,” said an officer, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Mirzee was produced in the sessions court and has been remanded in police custody until September 11.