81-year-old Bengal man lures child with chocolates, molests her, arrested

81-year-old Bengal man lures child with chocolates, molests her, arrested

By Suryagni Roy, Dipaneeta Das: An 81-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl in West Bengal’s Malda district. The incident took place on Friday evening near the Gajol area when the girl was playing outside her home and the accused, identified as Bankim Chandra Roy, lured her with a bar of chocolate.

Roy took the girl to a nearby deserted area and sexually assaulted her. The girl rushed back to her parents profusely crying and complaining about pain in her private parts. The girl was immediately rushed to the hospital. The doctors confirmed that the girl had been sexually assaulted and her condition was critical, the police sources confirmed under conditions of anonymity.

The girl’s family filed a complaint at Gajol police station regarding the incident, based on which an investigation was launched.

“My daughter was playing on the ground near Beniyal More near a grocery shop and doctor’s chamber when Bankim Chandra Roy lured her with chocolate. He took her away with impure intention and sexually molested her,” the victim’s father mentioned in the FIR copy.

Following the complaint, the police arrested Roy from his home, which was located near the victim’s house. During interrogation, Roy reportedly confessed to the crime, police sources told India Today.

Police Superintendent Pradeep Kumar Yadav assured that the accused would be punished severely, and they have already filed a case against him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

This comes shortly after several protests sparked across North Bengal following the alleged rape-murder of a 17-year-old tribal girl who was found dead in Kaliaganj in the last week of April. The girl who belonged to the Rajbongshi family had gone missing on April 20 after she left home for tuition classes. Her floating body was recovered from a canal a day later.

(With inputs from Milton Paul)

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