Teen raped, culprit known to her family

Teen raped, culprit known to her family

Strikes after her mother leaves house

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in east Delhi’s Vivek Vihar on Thursday. The accused has been arrested, police said on Friday.

The victim lives with her family in a rented house and is a class 10 student in a nearby government school.

Police said she stays with her mother and two brothers, but was alone when the incident took place on Thursday.

“The accused has been identified as Arvind, who is a driver  and well acquainted with the victim’s family,” a police officer said.

Sources said the house taken on rent by the victim’s family belonged to Arvind’s brother-in-law.

A police probe found that Arvind was aware of the family members’ routine. He had seen the victim’s mother leaving the house on Thursday, and knew that she had gone to a nearby market.

“Arvind knew that victim’s mother would take time to return home. As he was good friends with the victim’s brothers, he gained a friendly entry into the house,” the officer added.

“The accused then forced himself upon the victim and raped her. He fled from the house after threatening her with dire consequences,” the officer said.

The girl told police that she raised an alarm, but her screams for help were not heard by neighbours. She narrated the ordeal when her mother returned home.

Her mother approached police after which the girl’s statement was recorded.
“She was taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, where medical examination confirmed sexual assault,” the officer added.

A case of rape has been registered.

Arvind, who was arrested late on Thursday, also faces charges under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences POCSO Act.

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