Mumbai Crime: Auto driver arrested for kidnapping girl in a bid to molest her

By mid day online desk | Mumbai

After escaping the rickshaw driver, the girl was crying near a petrol pump when the accused came there again, drove the teenager back to her locality and warned her not to tell anybody about the incident

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An auto-rickshaw driver was arrested for allegedly kidnapping a teenaged girl with an intention to rape and molest her here in Maharashtra, the police said. The victim said in her complaint that while she was on way to her school in Kalyan town last Saturday, the accused, Santosh Garud, offered her a lift in his vehicle.

When she boarded the auto-rickshaw, the accused drove the vehicle to an isolated place, an official at the Thane rural police control room said Tuesday. The girl raised an alarm and jumped out of the auto- rickshaw. In the process, she also received injuries, he said.

While the girl was crying near a petrol pump, the accused came there again, drove the teenager back to her
locality and warned her not to tell anybody about the incident, the official said. The girl later informed her mother about the incident and both of them went to the Kalyan taluka police and lodged a complaint against the accused on Sunday.

In her complaint, the girl said she feared that the man wanted to rape and molest her, the official said. Based on the complaint, the accused was arrested on Tuesday and booked under IPC sections 354 (molestation), 363 (kidnapping), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace) and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, he added.

In a similar incident that occurred on August 24, 2018, a Journalist had lodged a complaint with the Borivali police alleging that an auto-rickshaw driver masturbated before her. She had hired his rickshaw for a ride from Malad (West) to Borivali on that fateful night when the horrible incident took place with her. The Journalist claimed there were six men nearby, who saw the driver masturbate, but none came to help her. She then ran away. She had dictated to her friend the registration number of the three-wheeler, which she tweeted and tagged Mumbai police. Read more

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