4-year-old girl molested on moving school bus in Mumbai

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 08:48 hrs

Mumbai: A four-year-old girl was allegedly molested by the conductor of her school bus in Mumbai, but in an apparent goof-up, a case of rape was registered against him, a senior Mumbai police officer said today.

The bus conductor, 35-year-old Ramesh Rajput, allegedly molested the girl in suburban Juhu on Tuesday afternoon when children were being dropped back home, Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said.

Being the last to be dropped home, the kindergarten student was the lone child in the bus when she was sexually abused by the conductor in the presence of a woman attendant, who confronted him, the police said.

"There was no rape or attempt to rape. We are rectifying our mistake," Singh said. "The section for rape was applied in this case by mistake and we are contemplating removing it with the permission of the court," Mumbai police spokesperson Ambadas Pote said.

A case was registered against Rajput after a medical check-up of the girl. 

The conductor was arrested and charged with rape and molestation under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The bus driver's statement was also recorded, the police said.

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