A class five girl was allegedly abused by a 32-year-old man near Thoraipakkam on Sunday after luring the child with a promise of buying her toys.
Police said that the accused Suresh Kumar, an auto driver residing at Injambakkam, had got acquainted to the girl’s grandmother who was selling fruits in a roadside shop. “After gaining the trust, he started interacting with the child who was with her grandmother. He lured the child to come with him promising to buy her toys. The grandmother had initially objected to this. But the child was adamant excited by the promise of toys,” says a police officer.
Kumar, who had borrowed a mini-truck owned by one his relatives, took the girl in the vehicle. Police said the accused took the girl to an isolated spot off KK Salai and started sexually abusing the girl in the driver’s cabin.
“He parked the vehicle on one of the side roads that is at a lower altitude. So the incident went unnoticed for some time. But a passerby noticed the abuse on hearing the wails of the child and nabbed him with the help of locals,” said inspector M Senthil Kumaran. Locals immediately traced the girl’s parents and informed them about the incident. While the girl was admitted to a government hospital, the locals handed over the accused to the Semmenchery police.
On further investigations, the case was transferred to the Thuraipakkam police under whose jurisdiction the place of occurrence of the crime falls.
“The girl has suffered bleeding injuries in her private parts. She has also suffered bruises on her face. But the child is out of danger,” police said. Kumar has been booked on charges of child abuse and has been remanded for judicial custody.
The girl’s parents were making a living by selling fruits as roadside vendors. The police are further investigating the case.