Week after landing in Ludhiana, minor gets raped by neighbour

LUDHIANA: A street vendor has been booked for allegedly raping his minor neighbour.
The accused, 20, lived in the same building where the girl stayed with her family.

In her police complaint, the 13-year-old girl alleged that the accused entered their rented accommodation on Tuesday morning when she was alone in the house. Her parents, who worked in a factory, had gone to work and her younger brothers were playing outside.

She claimed before going for bath, she bolted the door from inside, but the accused barged into the room by forcibly opening the door.

The complainant said the accused then raped her and fled the spot when she raised an alarm. She later informed her parents and they called up the police.

Cops from Moti Nagar police station have started investigation into the matter.

Police have booked the vendor under Section 376 (rape) of (IPC) and Section 4 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.

Prithpal Singh, investigating officer of the case, said the accused was on the run and cops were conducting raids at his suspected hideouts. He added that girl’s medical examination was conducted at the civil hospital on Thursday.

Police officials said the girl lived with her grandparents in and had come to live with her parents a week back. They added that the minor had studied up to seventh standard and had left studies afterwards and was helping her mother with household activities.

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