An 18-month-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her babysitter, who is her father's friend, in Delhi's Shahpur Jat. The mother and siblings were also absent and that is when he committed the crime and assaulted her.
The police said that initial investigation showed Santosh, who is employed in the housekeeping division of a city hotel, lived in the child's neighbourhood and had often been asked by the parents to "take care" of her.
As per the details given by the victim's parents, the 21-year-old accused has been arrested and booked under POCSO, HT reported.
The suspect, a friend and colleague of the girl's father in a private security company, resides with them. The child was rushed to a nearby hospital where it was determined that she had been sexually assaulted.
Meanwhile, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal went to the hospital to meet the victim and demanded that of Home Minister Rajnath Singh meet the child as well. The medical examination revealed that she had been subjected to sexual assault. The mother then shut Rai in a room and informed her husband who immediately returned home.
The police quoted the parents alleging that their daughter had been "acting strangely" over the last 10 days, which added to their suspicions.
"The accused, Santosh, was arrested from the area". Maliwal and some other DCW members were detained and taken to the Mandir Marg police station, before being released.