A 12-year-old, mentally-challenged girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her neighbour on Tuesday evening, the police said.
The incident was reported from Gopalpur village near Timarpur when the victim was alone and her 19-year-old neighbour, later identified as Vimal Kumar, lured her out of her house.
“Kumar, who does various odd jobs in the area for a living, is her next-door neighbour and had seen her parents leave for work and her younger sister walking towards the neighbourhood market,” said an officer.
Assured that she was alone, Kumar approached her and offered her some sweets. The unsuspecting victim fell for it and followed him next door where Kumar apparently forced himself on her.When the victim started screaming for help, the police said, Kumar gagged her with a cloth and proceeded to rape her.
Neighbours heard the girl’s screams and rushed to Kumar’s house and broke open the door.“They severely beat him up before handing him over to the local police,” the officer said.The girl’s parents lodged a formal complaint to the police and Kumar was arrested.
A medical examination of the girl confirmed sexual assault. Apart from rape, Kumar has also been booked under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. A court sent Kumar to judicial custody for 14 days.