An alert kin and enterprise of sewadars of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) helped save the modesty of a seven-year-old girl, while landing the accused in the police net.
The Amritsar city police have arrested a man, identified as Swaran Singh (40), a resident of Zeera near Ferozepur, for allegedly attempting to rape a minor girl from Tarn Taran.
Police have booked the accused under sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act at the E-Division police station.
Divulging details, assistant commissioner of police (ACP, central) Amandeep Singh Brar said the family of the girl, who hailed from Tarn Taran, had come to Amritsar on pilgrimage with their two children, including the victim and her brother, and were putting up at an open hall near Manji Sahib on the Golden Temple Complex.
He added that the accused, who too had come to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, was also putting up in the same hall.
At the night, the accused, who was sleeping close by, managed to pull the victim into his sheet, said the ACP. However, her family noticed this and raised an alarm, thus preventing the rape of their daughter.
SGPC sewadars, who were on duty at the time, swung into action and nabbed the accused, who was later handed over to police.
Brar said the accused was arrested and a case registered against him. “Further investigations are being held into the matter,” he said.