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Youth arrested for raping minor girl

Thane: A 21-year-old youth from Kashi Mira area here been arrested for allegedly raping a minor girl twice, police said today.

Fazal Mohammad Siddiqui befriended the 15-year-old girl known to his brother in July and sexually abused her on the pretext of marriage, Assistant Police Inspector S B Moklikar said.

The accused took her to Velankanni, a pilgrimage in the district recently and raped her twice there, the complaint lodged by the girl on August 29 said.

Siddiqui was arrested yesterday and produced in a local court which remanded him to nine days police custody, he said.

A case has been registered under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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