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Delhi store owner ‘molests’ 11-year-old, gets caught after a customer films it

The Dakshinpuri store owner was arrested by the Delhi police after a video went viral on social media where he could be seen touching an 11-year-old girl inappropriately.

delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2017 11:07 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Delhi news,Delhi crime,Delhi molestation
According to the complaint, the victim had gone to the shop on Tuesday evening when the shop owner allegedly started touching her inappropriately.(HT FILE)

A 67-year-old store owner in south east Delhi’s Dakshinpuri was arrested on charges of molesting an 11-year-old girl who had come to his shop to buy groceries on Tuesday evening.

According to the complaint, the minor had gone to the shop to buy mustard oil. The shop owner, identified as Ram Kishan, allegedly started touching her inappropriately. However, another man started filming the incident, which made the accused stop.

“The minor’s father has lodged a complaint that Kishan took his daughter inside the shop and touched her body inappropriately. It was further alleged that the accused has been doing this for last one year. Based on his complaint, a case has been registered at Ambedkar Nagar police station,” said a senior police officer.

The officer added that the child was sent for a medical examination and Kishan has been arrested.

“Kishan has been booked under section 354 of the IPC (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,” a senior police officer said.

Police said that a video has emerged of the alleged incident. They are investigating the origin of this video.

The minor’s father alleged that his neighbour has recorded the incident in his mobile and circulated the footage to others with the intention of dishonouring him as he is having a property dispute with him, police said.

“This neighbour has been arrested as well after adding section 67 of IT Act to the case. Mobile phone used to record the incident has been seized,” said deputy commissioner of police (southeast) Romil Baniya.

In a separate incident, a 60-year-old vegetable seller was arrested on Tuesday on charges of raping a 9-year-old girl in northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri. The accused has been identified as Veer Kumar.

Police said that rape incident occurred on Monday night and Kumar was arrested on Tuesday, after the girl’s parents lodged a complaint. A case has been registered at Jahangirpuri police station under sections 376 (rape), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc. with intent to commit an offence) of the IPC and POCSO Act, police said.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 15:14 IST