Delhi Police arrest govt official, his wife in minor sexual assault case
New Delhi, August 21: The Delhi Police on Monday arrested a government official and his wife in a case of sexual assault on a minor. The accused have been identified as Premoday Khakha (51) and Seema Rani (50).
"In the case of sexual assault with a minor, we have arrested two persons. One of them is Premoday Khakha (51), Deputy Director in the Department of Women and Child Development of the GNCT and the second accused is his wife, Seema Rani (50)," DCP (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi Government suspended the official accused of raping a minor victim.
"In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-rule (1) of Rule 10 of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965, Premoday Khakha, Assistant Director is hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect," an official order issued by Delhi Government read.
The order comes after the official was booked for allegedly raping his deceased friend's minor daughter for several months, resulting in her pregnancy.
The Burari police station registered an FIR against the official under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on August 13.
According to Delhi Police, the Delhi government official allegedly sexually harassed, physically molested and repeatedly raped the minor victim for several months between 2020 and 2021.
The minor disclosed that she got pregnant and was forced to abort her pregnancy by the wife of the accused, the Delhi Police added.
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal had also sent a notice to the Delhi Police demanding the arrest of the official.
According to police, following the death of her father, who was also a Delhi government employee, the minor was living with the accused in Burari from October 2020 to February 2021.