22-year-old held for abducting, harassing 12-year-old girl

The Chandigarh Police on Monday arrested a youth on charges of abducting and outraging the modesty of the 12-year-old girl who was reported missing on Saturday, January 4.

Charges of molestation were added after the victim disclosed that Bunty, the accused, had attempted to molest her before she was "lured" by the accused to board a train to Ghaziabad. Known to the victim's family and her neighbour in Ambedkar Colony, Sector 56 , the accused was arrested on Monday after the victim disclosed his identity. The victim recorded her statement before a Judicial Magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

According to her statement, Bunty, 22, had approached her when she was returning home after purchasing a recharge coupon for her mother's mobile on Saturday. Bunty tried to molest her and later took her to the railway station where he made her board a train to Ghaziabad asking her to wait for him. However, he never went to Ghaziabad.

She has alleged that she went to her relative's place in Ghaziabad from where she phoned her parents. "Bunty had called the victim when she was returning home after buying a recharge coupon for her mother's mobile. He tried to outrage her modesty. The victim has said that she kept waiting for Bunty at Ghaziabad at a relative's place for an entire night after which she contacted her parents. The victim was brought from Ghaziabad by the Chandigarh Police at 6.30 am on Monday. After her medical examination, Bunty was arrested," Senior Superintendent of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill told Newsline.

"Bunty's father and victim's father have known each other for a long time. The accused called the victim on Saturday, lured her to go to Ghaziabad with him and promised that he would meet her at a relative's place in a Ghaziabad village. But after the victim's family reported her missing, Bunty got scared and did not leave for Ghaziabad," said Sector 39 Station House Officer Inspector Gurmukh Singh.

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