The Meerpet police in Hyderabad on Tuesday arrested an autorickshaw driver for sexually assaulting schoolgirls.
The man targeted girls going home for lunch or coming back to school after lunch.
According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, the auto driver used to trap the girls by inviting them to his house for helping his sister with some work. He assaulted them multiple times and also threatened to kill them.
The girls were initially scared to report the matter, but later approached the police with the help of Balala Hakkula Sangham (an NGO for child rights). The NGO also demanded that a rape case be booked against the man.
One of his victims was a class IX student studying in a government school. A few months ago, when she was passing by his home for lunch, he called her inside to help her sister.
â€śWhen I went inside, he gagged my mouth, undressed me and assaulted me sexually. I was scared to tell my parents. Later he started threatening to kill me and repeated the same multiple times. He should be arrested and punished severely,â€ť the girl said.
Inspector Ranga Swamy from Meerpet Police station said, â€śwe have taken action on the complaint we received from one girl. If more victims come forward, we will register cases and take actionâ€ť.
A case has been registered against the auto driver under the Criminal Amendment Act 2016 and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. He has been arrested and sent to remand.