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Nine-year-old boy in Tripura allegedly sexually abused by private guardian

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A case was brought against a 23-year-old private guardian for allegedly sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy in Agartala almost 10 days after the incident, police said Wednesday.

The defendant, identified as Indra Ghosh, has not yet been arrested, police said Wednesday.

“We filed a case on November 30 after the child’s mother came to see us. The defendant is on the run and we are trying to arrest him, ”said Ramnagar Outpost Officer Biswajit Das.

The police registered the defendant under Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code (punishment for criminal intimidation) and Section 5 (m) (p) and 6 (penetrative sexual assault) of the POCSO Act.

A Childline delegation went to the boy’s home on November 28 after learning of the incident. During their counseling, they came to know that the boy was sexually abused by his private guardian at the latter’s home, which is located near the home of the minor victim. After returning home, the boy did not tell his parents about the incident as the guardian threatened him with serious consequences if he spoke to someone.

“The boy told us that he skipped his private guardian for a week after the incident out of fear. Later, he told his mother everything when she asked him why he was skipping the tuition, ”said the Childline team member.

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