A 41-year-old cleric has been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl inside a mosque in Delhi, said the police. An FIR has been registered against the accused, and a Delhi court has sent him to 14-day judicial custody.
“We registered an FIR after receiving a complaint and arrested the accused. Further investigation is in progress and we aim to file a chargesheet soon for speedy justice,” a senior police official said.
The girl in her complaint said that the incident took place when she went inside the mosque to fetch water around 10 pm on May 31.
“She alleges she was stopped by the accused, who raped her. She informed her parents once she returned home, and they approached local police,” Police said.
The accused was booked under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, a senior police officer said.
Following the incident, the girl was counselled and taken for a medical examination, police said.