E-rickshaw driver held for raping minor in Delhi

The incident took place during the night hours at around 02:30 AM, due to which it became more difficult to identify the E-rickshaw or the accused in the CCTV footage
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NEW DELHI: A 17-year-old girl, who took an e-Rickshaw from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to go towards her home in Wazirabad, was sexually assaulted by the driver, who even bit her cheeks while committing the crime.

The accused, identified as Mohd. Istikhar (27), a native of Samastipur in Bihar, has been arrested.

DCP (north) MK Meena said Bara Hindu Rao Hospital informed the Civil Lines police station on the intervening nights of June 12 and 13 about the sexual assault of a minor girl, after which a police team reached the hospital and recorded the statement of the victim.

The minor told the police that she had boarded an e-rickshaw near ISBT, Kashmere Gate, as she had to go to Wazirabad. However, the alleged driver, Istikhar, took her to the forest area near Jal Board Awaas area, Bara Hindu Rao, and assaulted her sexually and even bit her cheeks.

Notably, when the accused was trying to sexually assault the minor girl, she resisted and hit him with a brick on his forehead.

Accordingly, based on the statement of the girl, the police registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC and POCSO Act and launched a massive manhunt to nab the perpetrator.” As there was no registration plate on the e-rickshaw, it was a Herculean task to trace it.

The incident took place during the night hours at around 02:30 AM, due to which it became more difficult to identify the E-rickshaw or the accused in the CCTV footage,” the DCP said. The police scanned more than 150 CCTV cameras at various places like New Delhi Railway Station, Chandni Chowk, and Civil Lines, and a trail was made from Civil Lines to Mori Gate as the suspect was seen up to the area of Mori Gate, and thereafter he disappeared.

Still, the police continued their search and finally traced the E-Rickshaw and ultimately the accused driver . It is pertinent to mention here that the fresh injury mark on his forehead confirmed the identity of the accused, after which he was placed under arrest. The accused admitted that the injury wound on his forehead and eyes was made when the girl resisted and hit a brick on his head.

On May 26, a similar incident was reported in the city when a 25-year-old woman, who was on her way back home in Punjab and was supposed to take a scheduled train, was allegedly drugged and then raped by a battery rickshaw driver that she had hired to take her to New Delhi railway station from Sadar Bazar.

The woman was also accompanied by her 3-year-old and was sexually assaulted in front of him by the accused rickshaw driver in a secluded place.

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