Mob justice prevailed at a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district, where local residents decided to take law into their own hands after a 40-year-old man allegedly tried to rape his neighbour’s six-year-old daughter. The man in question was tied to a tree and severely beaten up by locals for his shameful act.
As per reports, the incident occurred within the jurisdiction of Katghar police station on Wednesday. The six-year-old girl was playing outside her house. The accused, identified as Pankaj (40), took her to his house under the pretext of giving her a head massage and tried to sexually assault her.
Meanwhile, the girl’s family sprang up in a search for her, as she didn’t come back home after a considerable time. Later, the minor was found at Pankaj’s house. “We barged into the man’s house where he was caught naked. He had also undressed our daughter who was crying as he was trying to force himself on her,” a report by The Times of India quoted the girl’s family as saying.
Local residents, after learning about the incident, tied Pankaj to a tree and beat him up. A purported video of the incident has gone viral on social media. The video clip showed the accused saying that he had consumed liquor and could not recall his actions.
Following a complaint by the girl’s family, Pankaj was arrested and sent to jail. He has been booked for rape attempt. Relevant charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act have also been invoked against him.