80-year-old man asks 6-year-old to bring water, rapes her

GURUGRAM: An 80-year-old man — grandfather of half a dozen children — called a girl (6) in his neighbourhood, asking her to fetch him a glass of water as he was alone at home, took the minor inside his room and raped her in Mewat’s Atta Kothra village.
He was caught red-handed by the parents of the girl, who had been away since morning, and started looking for the child after returning home. The girl was sent for medical examinations that confirmed . Police picked him up on Thursday morning from the outskirts of the village and produced him in a local court that remanded him in judicial custody.

Police said the girl was playing with other village kids near his house in the afternoon, when the man asked her to get him some water.

The girl, who lives with her parents and six siblings a few houses away, knew the old man, who lives with his four sons and grandchildren. The man, according to neighbours, would often distribute toffees and sweets among kids.

While the girl’s parents had gone to visit a relative in a hospital, leaving the kinds unattended in home, the man was also alone in his house.

The minor, to help the old man, went with water to his room, but did not return for a long time, according to kids living in the neighbourhood. Later, when her parents returned around 6pm and did not find her home, they started looking for her in the neighbourhood.

The girl apparently heard her mother calling her name and cried for help. The mother followed her daughter’s cry to the old man’s house. And as she forced open the door, the mother allegedly caught him in the act.

“My wife and I had gone to visit our ailing relative on Wednesday morning. Our kids were alone at home. The accused called my daughter to his house and took her to his room. There, he raped her,” said the victim’s father.

According to villagers, the man, who lost his wife around nine years ago, would often pass lewd comments at women.

“He had been reprimanded by villagers several times in the past. However, no one ever lodged any police complaint or took any harsh step against him considering his age. We never thought he could go to this extent,” said a neighbour.

Inspector Sanjay Kumar, SHO of Roz Ka Meo police station, said the man had been booked under sections 452 (trespassing, assault or wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and Sector 6 of the POCSO Act.

“He has confessed to his crime, and has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days,” the SHO said.

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