In a horrific incident reported from Ahmedabad, a 62-year-old predator was caught on CCTV molesting a 9-year-old girl in building lift. The incident was reported from Godrej Garden City, Ahmedabad and occurred earlier on Tuesday this week. Following the incident, the parents of the minor victim submitted the CCTV footage, and the accused was arrested subsequently. The accused was identified as 62-year-old Bhanupratap Rana.
According to the Chandkheda police, the minor girl had entered the lift to go to her home at the building’s 11th floor. When she entered the lift, the accused Bhanupratap was already in it. As the doors of the lift shut, the accused took the advantage of the confines of the space, and allegedly molested the 9-year-old girl.
As soon as the minor reached her home, she narrated the entire incident to her parents. Her parents wasted no time and analyzed the CCTV footage, following which they filed a complaint at the police station.
Based on the complaint filed by the victim’s parents, the police booked the accused for molestation under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code, and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), Act. The accused was arrested from his home
As per preliminary investigation, the accused lives with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and their young kinds.
The Facts of the Matter
According to National Crime Records Bureau data, as many as 1,49,404 cases of crimes against children were reported in 2021, with 36.05% of the total cases (53,874) being under POCSO Act. In Gujarat, the number of cases of child rapes under the POCSO Act increased to 2060 in 2021, the highest number for the last three years.
Another horrific incident of child molestation was recently reported from the Gujarat capital. In Ahmedabad a 62-year-old predator, in the form of man, molested a 9-year-old girl in their building lift. The accused took advantage of the confines of the elevator, and committed the heinous crime.
Victim had Come from School
The incident was reported from a residential building in Ahmedabad’s Godrej Garden City and occurred earlier on Tuesday this week. The 9-year-old victim was coming from her school and entered the lift to go to go to her home in 11th floor of the residential building.
Footage Shows Ahmedabad Man’s Predatory Acts
The accused too was in the lift. As soon as the doors of the elevators closed, the accused lunged forward towards the young victim, and molested her for the entirety of the time the doors were closed. The victim, a class 4 student, narrated the trauma she was subjected to her parents as soon as she reached her home.
The parents in turn wasted no further time and checked the CCTV footage of the lift. This was when the victim’s horrors were revealed to her parents, and they reached out to the Chandkheda police station, to file a complaint against the accused.
The accused is identified as 62-year-old Bhanupratap Rana and was arrested from his home. During the preliminary investigation, it was revealed the the accused lives with his wife, son, son’s wife and their children. The accused has studied till M.Com, and is a retired employee. The police sent his phone to the FSL (forensic science laboratory) for further investigation.
Bhanupratap Rana was booked under multiple sections of the IPC, including Section 354 (sexual assault punishment), and sections pertaining to the POCSO Act.