Even as the country mourned the 23-year-old gangrape victim’s death, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly molested by a conductor inside a bus near Mandi House in the high-security zone of central Delhi on Saturday.
The Delhi Police arrested the brother of the girl today as she had filed a complaint with the police alleging that her brother had raped her at home, reported IBNlive.
The victim, a resident of Khayala, has told police that her brother had been regularly raping her and she had left the house to go to an NGO Prayas in Lajpat Nagar in a bus, when she was molested by the conductor.The girl was the only passenger in the bus when an off-duty conductor attacked her. She had boarded the bus at Khayala near Subhash Nagar in west Delhi and was en route to Lajpat Nagar. For over 45 minutes, as the bus moved around various parts of central Delhi, the man assaulted her.
The victim narrated her ordeal recalling that that she boarded the bus in Khayala to go to a Woman’s Center in Lajpat Nagar as she was often mistreated by her step mother and brothers. When she boarded the bus there were around 12 passengers inside the bus.
“All of them got down one by one and the last passenger got down at Shankar Road. He (the conductor) had started misbehaving when we were at Rajender Nagar,” said the victim, as quoted by India Today.
The accused has been identified as Ranjit Singh, 32, a resident of Jhajjar. He was allegedly drinking in the bus after boarding from Moti Nagar. He asked the girl if she would marry him. When the girl refused, he molested her.
He was arrested by the police deployed at the Mandi House picket and later sent to judicial custody.
The Delhi Transport Ministry removed the driver and conductor of the bus. The ministry said that action will also be taken against the bus owner.
The 16-year-old has refused to return to her parents’ home, and is presently staying in the NGO Prayas shelter.