The police arrested a 25-year-old man on Friday for allegedly attempting to rape a six-year-old girl at Jeevan Nagar, the ninth incident of sexual assault against minors in a month.
Police said Rameen, a labourer who lives in the same locality, was arrested after the girl began to cry on seeing him at her father’s electronics shop. The accused was a friend to the girl’s father.
In his complaint to the police, the girl’s father said she would call Rameen ‘chachu’ (uncle). He said the girl was going for tuition on Wednesday when Rameen met her and took her to a park saying he would buy her an ice-cream. But, the girl’s father added, Rameen allegedly tried to force himself on the girl instead.
He said the accused had taken the girl to the park in the past as well.
Moti Nagar station house officer (SHO) Gagandeep Singh said: “The girl’s father has stated that Rameen, a frequent visitor to his shop, had come there on Thursday. He said his daughter began to cry and, when asked about it, narrated the incident.”
The officer quoted the girl’s father as saying Rameen fled the spot after realising he would be caught.
“Following this, the girl’s father filed a complaint with us and we arrested the accused from Jeevan Nagar on Friday,” the SHO said.
The SHO said Rameen was booked for attempt to rape and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The accused will be produced in court on Saturday.
Nine cases of sexual assault have been reported in the past one month in Ludhiana. On March 14, a teenager had slit the throat of a two-year-old at Railway Colony after attempting rape on her.
On March 24, a 22-year-old drunk man raped his four-year-old cousin in Dholewal.
On March 31, a man raped his neighbour’s four-year-old daughter in Basti Jodhewal area. Two similar cases were reported in the city on same day; a 30-year-old man attempted rape on a seven-year-old girl in Moti Nagar, and a 22-year-old man sodomised a five-year-old boy in Basti Jodhewal.
On April 7, an eight-year-old girl was raped by her neighbor at EWS Colony.
On April 13, a 15-year-old girl was abducted and gang raped by four men in Jawaddi area.