Mumbai’s Bus Conductor, Out On Bail, Molests Minor Again

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police is searching for a 34-year-old man for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old girl, who is his neighbour, days after he came out on bail after being arrested for the same offence in June this year.

For a second time, the man, who works as a bus conductor for BEST in Mumbai, has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Police said the accused and the victim are neighbours in Kandivali Chawl. On June 29, the accused, who lives with his wife and a child, had reportedly gone to the girl’s house when her father, a rickshaw puller, was not at home. He allegedly molested the victim and on her return reported the matter to her father.

The girl’s father took her to the police station and an FIR was registered against the accused for molestation and molestation under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO. The accused was arrested and produced before the sessions court. He was sent to judicial custody and granted bail about eight days back. A few days after coming out on bail, on July 30, around 8.30 pm, the accused allegedly went to the victim’s house and assaulted her. He also threatened to ruin her career.

The victim again approached the police and a second FIR was registered against him. Confirming the development, Narendra Shinde, senior police inspector of Samta Nagar police station said, “He has been booked twice under POCSO. We are searching for him.”

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