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Youth held for sexual abuse of toddler


Thane (Maha): A 20-year-old youth from Nashik was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a toddler girl from Ambernath in the district, police said today.

The accused identified as Sharukh Sahid Ali Sha was formally arrested last night.

“The incident had taken place yesterday, when the victim’s mother was about to give a bath to the three-year-old girl in the open space out of her house. When the child’s mother went inside to fetch soap, the accused approached the girl and then sexually abused her,” police said.

When the mother came out, she saw the accused sexually abusing her daughter, following which she raised an alarm. The nearby residents came to the site and caught the accused and handed him over to the police.

The accused has been charged under section 376 (rape) of IPC and also sections 3 and 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012, police said.

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