BENGALURU: Less than three weeks after a three-year-old girl from a city school was allegedly sexually assaulted, two more cases of alleged sex crimes on minors surfaced on Thursday.
The first was reported from Nandini Layout police limits. Police said a seven-year-old girl was sexually abused by her neighbour on August 21. The accused has been identified as Ramu, a former security guard who is now unemployed.
According to the complaint, the girl was alone with her grandfather at the time as her parents were at work. Ramu allegedly lured her with chocolates, took her to his house and sexually abused her. Later in the day, the girl started crying because of a stomach ache. Her parents initially thought it to be a minor case of food poisoning, but took her to the hospital when the pain persisted. Tests confirmed sexual assault, a police source said. A complaint has been registered at Nandini Layout police station and the accused is missing.
In the second incident, an eight-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her neighbour in a cattle shed in Battarahalli in K R Puram. Police said the girl lived with her mother, a garment factory employee. The accused has been identified as Venkataramana, also a garment factory worker.
Around 4.30 pm on Wednesday, the accused found the girl playing in front of her house. He too lured her with chocolates and took her to a cattle shed nearby, sexually assaulted her and fled.
The girl’s mother found her walking towards the house in tears. She then approached the police and lodged a complaint.
Both cases have been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.