KOLKATA: In a most shocking and heart-wrenching incident, A 45-year-old cleaner dragged a 3-yr-old girl onto a parked bus on Canal (West) Road in north Kolkata on Monday afternoon and then raped her, even as her brother a 5-yr-old kept banging on the bus’s doors, pleading that he let go of his sister.
After his efforts went in vain, the brother rushed to his mother who raised an alarm. The neighbours came and rescued the baby girl and thrashed the rapist soundly before calling the police.
The girl, bleeding profusely, was taken to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital. Doctors said she had been brutalised but would possibly pull through. Cops later arrested Sheikh Munna.
As per reports, The girl and her brother were playing with a ball when it fell near the parked luxury bus. The girl went up to the bus to get it back when Munna lured her into the vehicle and then locked the door. The child’s uncle said that her brother followed her to the bus.
“The little boy kept banging on the shut door, calling for his sister and crying that she be left alone. He then ran home and called his mother when he realised that the door would not open,” said the brother’s uncle.
“We saw the girl lying on a bus seat. Munna had blood on his hands and trousers. The child’s clothes were torn and she was bleeding profusely,” the uncle added.
The police lodged a case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the accused and is consulting forensic experts. If rape is established, he will be booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, a senior police officer said.
The bus has been seized to help in the probe and the accused was remanded to judicial custody by a local court on Tuesday.