As soon as a tuition teacher tried to touch her inappropriately, the Std IV student screamed at the top of her lungs, shocking him into letting her escape; the girl’s mother had taught her to raise an alarm
Her mother’s advice on how to react if anyone tried to touch her inappropriately kept a 10-year-old from being molested, or worse, by a tuition teacher from her building on Sunday. According to police officials, the accused, Anil Kille, lives in the same society as the survivor, in Bhandup. “The survivor lives on the 11th floor, while Kille stays on the 8th floor.
The 10-year-old would go to the 8th floor often to play with one of her friends, and she would sometimes stop to play with Kille’s two-year-old daughter as well,” said an official from Bhandup police station. Around 7.30pm on Sunday, the Std IV student went to the 8th floor and learnt that her friend had gone out. She saw that Kille’s daughter was sleeping and decided to sit next to the 2-year-old.
“Since there was no one around, the accused allegedly took advantage of the situation, locked the door of the flat from inside and started touching her inappropriately. He had been drinking before the incident,” the officer added.
Raising an alarm
Realising that Kille would harm her, the girl remembered that her mother had asked her to scream loudly whenever someone touched her inappropriately. As soon as the girl started screaming, a shocked Kille stopped touching her, giving her time leave to the flat and run to her residence.
“The 10-year-old informed her mother about the incident, who then called the police control room. A team from the Bhandup police station was immediately dispatched and Kille was arrested after the police recorded the 10-year-old’s statement,” said an officer.
Senior Inspector P R Chavan from Bhandup police station said the accused was under the influence of alcohol when he committed the crime. Kille has been booked under Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code, along with Sections 8 and 12 of the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.