Police in northern India arrested a 48-year-old Islamic cleric on Monday for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl inside a Delhi mosque on Sunday, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported on Wednesday.
The alleged incident took place on the evening of May 30 when the young girl visited a mosque in the Harsh Vihar district of Delhi, India’s national capital territory, “to fetch water,” Delhi police officers told PTI on June 2.
The girl’s family “asked her to fetch water from the mosque as they did not have drinking water at home,” a police officer associated with the case told the Hindustan Times on June 2.
“The girl went to the mosque and was allegedly lured by the cleric. He forced himself on her,” the police officer said.
The girl immediately returned home after the incident and “told everything to her family members when they asked her why