A 26-year-old rickshaw puller has been arrested for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl in west Delhi. According to the police, the accused has been identified as Arun Kumar Das who allegedly raped the minor in West Delhi’s Janakpuri area in the early hours of Monday.
Police said the girl was severely injured and had to be admitted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital. She continues to remain under treatment at the hospital, but Monika Bhardwaj, deputy commissioner of police (west), said the injuries “are not life-threatening”.
“The accused was arrested by the patrolling staff of the area. The minor is undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital and her condition is stated to be out of danger,” said a senior police officer.
Police arrested the accused under section 376 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The girl lives with her parents and siblings in a jhuggi set up on a footpath in Janakpuri’s C block. Her parents do odd jobs for a living.
The crime took place around 4am on Monday while the girl was sleeping next to her parents. “Arun Kumar picked up the child and took her to a dirty, isolated spot some distance away from the shanty,” said the police officer.
The suspect allegedly muffled the girl using his hands and raped her.
In the meantime, the girl’s parents awoke to realise she was missing. They alerted some auto drivers who park their three-wheelers nearby and began a search operation. They searched the nearby drains and other areas before one of the drivers heard the girl’s muffled cries.