NEW DELHI: A 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour’s friend in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar on Sunday night. The child was kidnapped and held captive at the neighbour’s house where she was raped by the accused. He then carried her back to her house and left her with her mother, claiming that she was injured while playing in a park.
The incident was reported from Raghurpura area where the child stayed with her parents. Her mother said that the man, later identified as Ram Preet (40), had come to their neighbour’s house to return some borrowed money. On his way back, he found the child playing in the park and lured her to the neighbour’s house promising to give her sweets. He then gagged her and raped her repeatedly. When the child started bleeding from her private parts and fainted, scared that she might die, Preet took her back home and fled from the spot.
When the child regained consciousness, she told her parents about the incident. She was rushed to a local doctor who confirmed rape.
Locals went on a rampage when they got to know about the rape and caught Ram Preet from a nearby shop while he was planning to get away. He was beaten up and handed over to police.
During interrogation, Preet admitted to having committed the crime and claimed that he was drunk during the incident, police said. The child was later admitted to AIIMS trauma center and has been kept under observation. She was also counselled by an NGO.
In her statement, the child said that Preet had threatened her with dire consequences if she told her parents about the incident.
A case under sections of rape (376 IPC) and Protection of Children against Sexual Offence (POCSO) has been registered against Preet who also a history-sheeter.