The man was arrested from Kurla after an FIR was lodged against him at the Vinoba Bhave police station. According to the complaint lodged by the victim’s parents, Ansari, who owns a grocery shop in Kurla, kept on molesting the girl since December 1 whenever she used to visit the shop to buy eggs. Ansari reportedly lured the girl inside the shop by offering her chocolates each time she visited the shop.
The repeated assault on the girl came to light on December 3 when the girl complained of stomach pain and apprised her parents of the incident. Her parents then approached the nearest police station and filed an FIR against the accused grocery shop owner. The medical examination of the girl confirmed that she was sexual assaulted. However the police arrested the accused on the same day.
The police have registered a case under Section 376(rape) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 4(penetrative sexual assault) of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. Further probe in the matter is underway.
The crime took place amidst the country-wide outrage against the brutal killing and gang rape of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad. Doctor Preeti Reddy(name changed) was was gang-raped and murdered by 4 assailants before setting her body on fire.