'Paedophile' Shows Porn Clip to Minor Girl, Molests Her in Panvel; Manhunt Launched
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Navi Mumbai, January 9: A manhunt was launched by the Navi Mumbai police to nab a suspected paedophile who allegedly showed a porn clip to a minor before molesting her in Panvel. The incident took place in Thane Naka area of Panvel on New Year. The suspect, who was caught in a CCTV camera, is believed to be a serial abuser.

According to assistant inspector N Kadam, the suspected paedophile waylaid the 10-year-old girl when she was on her way to a morning tuition class. The accused, who appears to be 25 to 30 years old, then showed her a porn clip from his mobile phone and continued touching her inappropriately while doing so. The girl somehow escaped from his clutches.

On returning home, the minor narrated the incident to her parents after which the family lodged a complaint. During an initial probe, the police started looking into CCTV footages and eventually managed to identify the accused. "He was wearing a monkey cap, but he uncovered his face as soon as he entered the compound. He was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans," Kadam told HT.

"Observing his body language, we suspect he is a serial child abuser and has committed similar crimes in the past. We have alerted all police stations and the crime branch about it. We have also sent the CCTV footage and his photographs to them," the officer added. The accused was booked under sections 341, 354 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.