Bihar: Five-year-old raped by grandfather’s friend in Vaishali, accused held within hours | Patna News – Times of India

PATNA: A five-year-old minor girl was allegedly raped by her grandfather’s friend at a village under Town police station area in Vaishali at around 5pm on Thursday.
Vaishali SP Maneesh on Friday said that the accused was identified as Bittan Sahni, aged around 70 years.
The SP said that the accused was arrested from his son’s residence at the spot within hours of the incident by police.
He said Sahni was forwarded to judicial custody on Friday evening after medical examination.
Town police station SHO Subodh Kumar said that Sahni started living in front of the victim’s house two years back and gradually became friends with her grandfather.
“On Thursday evening, he took away the girl inside his room and raped her, as per FIR lodged by the victim’s mother,” he said.
Kumar said that the matter opened up when the victim came crying from Sahni’s room.
“Her mother was involved in daily household chores when she asked her daughter about the reason for crying. The daughter narrated the incident which Sahni committed with her inside his room after which the matter came to light. The mother told police that her daughter was bleeding,” he said.
SHO said that the incident was soon reported to police and the accused was arrested from the spot immediately.
“The dhoti worn by the accused and victim’s undergarments have been seized for sending for forensic analysis,” he said.
SHO Kumar said that the victim used to address the accused as ‘dada’ as he was of her grandfather’s age. Both elders used to spend time together and victim’s family frequently offered him tea and snacks in the evening.
He said that Sahni used to live at his native village in Jandaha earlier but shifted in a separate room located on the ground floor of his son’s two-story house at the spot.
“Surprisingly, he was not allowed to go upstairs where his son’s family lived. The ground floor of the house was rented except for one room used by Sahni,” he said.
SHO Kumar said that the victim’s family is poor while Sahni has a strong financial background.
He said that the victim’s medical examination was conducted on Friday and its report was awaited.
“Further investigation is going on in connection with the case. Police would submit a chargesheet in the case against the accused soon,” he added.
(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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