New Delhi: A one-year-old girl, raped and gagged by her ‘uncle’, was found naked in an unconscious state by her parents inside a house at Aman Vihar in Delhi’s Rohini on Monday. The accused, who managed to flee after committing the heinous crime, was nabbed and charged under relevant sections of the POCSO Act.

Identified as Dharmender, the accused lured the minor to his house with sweets. In his confession to the police, he admitted to assaulting the child, who was found with a rope around her neck and hands tied, for nearly half an hour.

The survivor is a resident of JJ colony in an industrial area. Her father and uncle work at a factory and the accused became close to the family since they belong to the same village.

On Monday, Dharmender visited the girl’s house from where he took away the girl promising to gift her sweets. However, her mother grew suspicious and started looking for the child after she didn’t return even after an hour. Based on the information received by the neighbours, the woman reached Dharmender’s house only to find the minor shivering in an unconscious state on a mattress. The girl was rushed to Ambedkar Hospital where she is being meted out proper treatment.

Dharmender was found by the family at a market near their house. He was thrashed and taken to the police station where a case of wrongful confinement has been registered against him. He has been booked under sections 6 (punishment of aggravated sexual assault) and 18 (punishment for trying to commit a crime) of POCSO Act.