A youth allegedly raped an eight-year-old girl at EWS Colony on Chandigarh Road here on Wednesday night.
The victim, who is visiting her uncle’s family here, on Thursday narrated the incident to her aunt, who had recently gone back to their native place, Saharsa in Bihar. Her aunt sounded her husband, who in turn informed the police.
The Division No 7 police started investigation. As the word spread, locals nabbed the accused, 25-year-old hosiery worker Jai Prakash, and beat him up before handing him over to police. The victim was sent to the civil hospital for medical examination.
The victim said that on Wednesday night, when she was home alone, the accused barged into the room and raped her. The accused also threatened her against reporting the crime.
SHO Harpal Singh said the police would register a case after recording the victim’s statement.
Sixth incident in 24 days
This is the sixth such incident in the city in the past 24 days where a minor was sexually assaulted. On March 14, a teenager slit the throat of a two-year-old girl after trying to rape her at Railway Colony. On March 24, a 22-year-old drunk youth raped his four-year-old cousin at Dholewal. On March 31, a Basti Jodhewal resident raped his neighbour’s four-year-old daughter. The same day, a 30-year-old man tried to rape a seven-year-old girl at Moti Nagar, and a 22-year-old youth sodomised a five-year-old boy at Basti Jodhewal.