A 14-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh escaped sexual assault when her pet dog bit one of the accused. The teenager from MP’s Kareela village of Sagar district was attacked by the accused and his friend when she had gone out to fetch hay from the adjoining barn.
On the intervening night of August 18-19, when the girl stepped out, she was abducted by Reshu Ahirwar, a habitual sex offender, and his friend Puneet and was forcibly taken to a deserted place. Right at that moment, the girl’s pet dog came running and bit Reshu on his leg, giving the victim enough time to raise alarm and flee from the spot.
The accused quickly fled before the girl’s family members and other villagers arrived.
A day after the incident, the girl’s family was still in a dilemma if they should report the matter to the police, fearing repercussions. On August 19, the girl’s family finally mustered the courage to report the matter to the police following which the two were arrested. The duo was booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Reshu and Puneet were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. The two had been recently booked for smuggling alcohol and were out on bail.