Mumbai: Unemployed man arrested for disrobing neighbour’s seven-year-old daughter | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: A Class I student was sexually assaulted by her neighbour when her father was at his workplace and her mother had gone to a public toilet in the locality in western suburbs on July 25.
The accused, Ravi Bhavaskar (35) who is unemployed, act’s was recorded by few youngsters in their mobile when they noticed him picking up the seven-year-old girl and after molesting her, rushed inside her home and tried to disrobe her, said the Sahar police.
The incident occurred at around 4.15 pm when the minor was playing along with kids from the locality when Bhavaskar, who was eyeing the minors, picked the victim and rushed into the house on noticing that her mother has gone to the toilet. “Sahar police was called to the spot and arrested Bhavaskar from his house where his mother had kept him locked to avoid getting thrashed by locals,” social worker Intekhab Farooqui said.
The minor’s father told TOI, “Bhavaskar has tried to commit similar offences with other kids from the locality. He has even misbehaved with our daughter at least two or three times in the past. He then apologized to the kid’s mother. This gave him the confidence to cross the limit and assaulted my kid. My wife’s timely return to home has helped to save our daughter.”
The victim’s aunt said the accused family members have even threatened the youngsters who shot the video of his act and handed it to the police which is a strong piece of evidence.
“The accused should be punished severely. If he is let go, then his confidence level will be high and he will dare to grievous offence after getting released from jail,” she said.
Bhavaskar was booked under the Indian Penal Code sections for 354 (outrage modesty), 354 (b) (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 354 (d) (stalking), and under the POCSO Act.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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