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Rape bid on 11-year-old

Close on the heels of the Dhatkidih sexual assault, a plumber in Sitaramdera tried to rape his tenantís 11-year-old daughter on Saturday afternoon.

Bittu Singh (26) is absconding, but police have registered a case under Sections 376 and 511 of the IPC against him based on an FIR lodged by the victimís father.

According to the FIR, around 1pm on Saturday, the child was asked by her mother to spread out wet clothes under the sun on the terrace at their rented New Layout home in Sitaramdera.

While the girl was doing her chore, Bittu asked her to come to a room on the rooftop and see a cellphone trick.

Inside the room, he made her watch an adult video clip on his mobile phone and then started stripping her naked. The terrified child screamed for help and was lucky enough to have her mother around.

As soon as Bittu saw his tenantís wife come up the stairs, he fled from the scene but not before threatening the mother-daughter duo of dire consequences if they dared to open their mouth.

The victimís parents, however, acted with courage and lodged an FIR with Sitaramdera police on Saturday evening. A raid team at night failed to nab the culprit.

Once again on Sunday, police raided the double-storey New Layout house, but without result. This triggered angry protests outside the police station in the evening.

SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha promised that the culprit would be brought to book soon.

ďFrom the statement of the victimís father, it appeared to be a case of molestation, but we have still registered a case of attempted rape,Ē he said, stressing how serious police were in the matter.

ďThe accused will be arrested soon. If he continues absconding, we will attach his property,Ē the officer added.