New Delhi: A 12-year old minor girl allegedly raped by a Cleric inside a mosque in New Delhi, on Sunday evening. As per the reports, the minor came to fetch water in the mosque, located on the northeast side of the capital.
Delhi Police has arrested the accused, a 48-year-old cleric who hails from Bharatpur, Rajasthan. “The accused has been booked under Section 376 of Indian Penal Code and the POCSO Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses”, Delhi Police said.
The accused was currently residing in Ghaziabad’s Loni and has been sent to 14-day judicial custody. After the incident, the girl narrated her ordeal to her parents after returning home. The minor was counseled and has been taken for medical examination, Delhi Police added.
The parents of the minor girl reported “Our daughter went to the mosque to drink water where she was allegedly raped by the cleric around 10 PM”. The parents filed an FIR complaint on the Sunday night itself reporting the whereabouts of the sexual assault.
The agitated locals around the mosque initiated a protest against the incident. Police officials were deployed to control the mob.
A senior police authority said, “Further investigation is in progress and we aim to file the charge sheet soon for speedy justice”. The accused was arrested by the Delhi Police from his residence in Ghaziabad with the help of technical surveillance.