3-year-old sexually assaulted by neighbour

New Delhi:A three-year-old girl in Nihal Vihar area of west Delhi was sexually assaulted by her 38-year old neighbour who was later arrested, police said today.

The incident took place around 11 am yesterday but police received information later in the evening following which the accused was arrested.

The girl was playing along with her 9-year-old brother and 11-year-old sister outside her house in Shiv Ram Park Extension in Nihal Vihar area at around 11 am on yesterday when when she was picked by the accused, said a police officer.

The accused, who is known to the parents of the victim, took her to his accommodation and locked the door of the room from inside. Later, alerted by the shrieks of the girl, neighbours reached there and forced opened the door, he said.

“The accused was found with the girl in a suspicious position. The neighbours thrashed him and called victim’s parents who work as labourers,” said the officer.

Later in the evening police were also informed and the accused was arrested.

The girl was admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi hospital where she was visited by the chief of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in the morning today.

Also, the locals staged a protest in Shiv Ram Park Extension area demanding strict punishment for the accused.

“A case under POCSO Act and Section 376 has been registered in the incident and accused Gautam has been arrested,” said Pushpendra Kumar, DCP(West).