the girl had been found wandering on a road.
An Indian man has been arrested for sexually assaulting his 10-year-old relative.
The shocking incident occurred on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
The 31-year-old man lured his minor relative into his vehicle before driving her to a secluded place in the Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu.
He then sexually assaulted her, giving her a drink mixed with an intoxicant substance while she screamed.
The accused later abandoned the 10-year-old girl, fearing that she would reveal the sexual abuse to her parents.
He returned home, leaving the girl to spend the night alone.
She was later found by locals on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
According to police, the girl’s parents searched for her until midnight after she went missing.
After having no luck, they took the girl’s disappearance to the Avaniyapuram Police.
A missing persons’ case was registered based on a complaint from the 10-year-old’s father, and police joined in the search.
During their search, the girl’s parents received a phone call from villagers from Kariapatti in Virudhunagar, to say that the girl had been found wandering on a road.
Police were informed of the call and quickly arrived at the scene, rescuing the girl.
It was later revealed that she had been a victim of sexual assault.
Police discovered that her relative was responsible. They located his whereabouts and arrested him.
According to Avaniyapuram Police Inspector Pethuraj, the accused man will be put before a judicial magistrate on Friday, February 12, 2021.
Sexual assault of a relative in India
Sexual assault is common in India, and many previous rape cases concern minors being sexually abused by their older relatives.
Just recently, a 48-year-old man from a village near Dindigul was given a sentence of 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing his 15-year-old relative.
The sentence came on Thursday, February 11, 2021. The court also imposed a £100 fine.
The convicted man had his minor relative stay at his house during her exam preparations, and he had convinced her parents to allow her to stay there for special coaching.
He sexually assaulted her multiple times during her stay, and she returned home and told her parents.
The case was first registered in January 2019, and now the accused has been found guilty.
He was charged and sentenced under sections 5 and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Section 5 refers to committing penetrative sexual assault on the child more than once or repeatedly.
Section 6 refers to punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault.