Bhopal: A three-year-old girl was allegedly sexually abused in a school van by its conductor. The accused has been detained by the police on Thursday night. Also Read - Loco Pilot Held For Raping, Blackmailing Minor UP Girl

The incident took place Thursday when the girl, a pre-nursery student, was returning home in the Ayodhya Nagar area here in the van from her school. Also Read - TV Actor Accuses Casting Director of Rape, Harassment And Impregnating Her; Police Registers Case

The van conductor was detained Thursday night, police inspector Baljeet Singh said. He has claimed to be 17 years old. Police meanwhile, are verifying his age. Also Read - Maharashtra Shocker: Three-Year-Old Gangraped by 2 Minor Boys, Case Registered Under POCSO Act

The incident came to light when the girl returned home around 2 pm and was taken for a bath by her mother. Narrating her ordeal, the minor girl named the bus conductor, a police officer was quoted as saying.

The 14-seater van, in which the incident took place, has been hired by the school where the girl goes, the inspector said.

The police have booked the accused on the complaint of the minor girl’s parents. The van conductor has been booked for rape under the amended Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 376 AB, which deals with punishment for rape of girls under the age of 12, and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.

Last year, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly unanimously passed a bill introducing the death penalty for those found guilty of raping minors aged 12 years or less.