An increase in flow of migrant labour, majority of who happen to be men, is believed to be a contributory factor for cases of sexual attacks on minor girls in the City.
While no academic or forensic study has been carried out, crime detection officials say the growing number of labour, engender this behaviour though it is not the sole reason.
School going girls aged between 6 and 12 are being targeted, police say. The fact that the teenage girls are scared to admit the crime to anyone has encouraged the criminals.
The Hasmathpet incident in which a 60-year-old man, Shanker, a migrant labourer, was caught by the locals while attempting to sexually assault a minor points to the absence of fear. He was thrashed by his captors and handed over to the police, Bowenpally inspector, RB Rangaiah Naidu recalled.
The girl, a class VIII student, was returning home when the man tempted her with sweet talks and chocolates and told her he would drop her home. He managed to lure her away in an autorickshaw where he tried to rape her. Fortunately, people heard the girl’s screams and he was caught.
In a separate incident, at Addagutta under Tuakarmgate police station limits, 24-year-old Naag Babu, made a bid to lure a 5-year-old girl with sweets. Again, the girl’s cries prevented the act. Nearly 15 such cases have been reported in the past three months, police say. Most of them involved people from outside. However, police say no generalisation is justifiable in the absence of a systematic study. But girls are falling prey to elderly men’s design is a fact that worries the police a lot.
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