A man has been arrested after he allegedly raped a 3-year-old girl inside a parked luxury bus in Kolkata, India, after luring her onto the bus with chocolate on Tuesday, March 6, police have said.
Bus cleaner Sheikh Munna, 45, has been accused of sexually assaulting the toddler who was playing ball with her 5-year-old brother around Canal West Road, reported NDTV, citing police.
The sibling’s ball fell near the parked luxury bus. The little girl went to the bus to retrieve their ball where she encountered Munna, reported Times of India.
Police allege Munna dragged the victim inside the bus after offering her chocolate.
The toddler’s brother, who followed his sibling, attempted to stop the attack by pleading with Munna but his attempts were futile.
“The victim’s brother had pleaded with Munna to open the door and let his sister go when he heard her screaming. The boy continued banging on the bus’s door but there was no result,” a senior officer with the Kolkata Police told NDTV.
The boy then ran to his mother, a widowed rag-seller, to inform her of the incident.
“The woman alerted her neighbors, who rushed to the bus and rescued her from the accused’s grip and then thrashed him before informing the police.
“We found the girl lying in a pool of blood on a bus seat. The child’s clothes were torn and she was bleeding profusely,” the senior police officer told the news station.
The police officer said the accused had blood on his hands and trousers when he was arrested.
“Forensic experts have also collected blood samples and stains from the bus which has been seized,” police told the news station.
The girl is currently being treated at the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. Doctors said the girl was bleeding heavily when she was brought to the hospital.
“She had bled profusely but her condition has improved since last night and possibly she will survive. Signs are clear that she had been brutalized,” one senior doctor told NDTV.
Police said there are ongoing investigations into the incident.
“We are waiting for the report of the tests conducted on the girl to confirm rape. We are questioning the accused and our forensic experts have collected samples from the spot where the alleged incident took place,” the officer said.