In a distressing incident in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, a 13-year-old boy reportedly molested a five-year-old girl. The police arrested the teen and launched an investigation after the child's mother filed a complaint.

The girl and the teenager live in the same neighborhood, according to the officials. In a complaint filed on Friday, the girl's mother said that the boy, who lives with his parents in close proximity to their home in Gandhi Nagar, undressed her daughter and touched her inappropriately, two days earlier when she was playing outside, Time Now News reported.

A Times of India report stated that the girl’s mother arrived at the scene when the five-year-old told her what had transpired between the two. Her daughter informed her of the teenager's despicable behavior, following which she lodged a complaint with the local police. At the time of the incident, the boy's parents, who are daily-wage laborers were not present at their residence.

Gandhinagar Station Head officer, Arun Sharma said the police have charged the 13-year-old accused under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act based on the allegation. The case is being investigated.

In other incidents that have occurred in the past week, on May 12, three teenagers reportedly gang-raped a 19-year-old girl in the Bandra neighborhood of Mumbai, Maharashtra.

The teenager had gone to Bandstand with a companion on the evening of May 12 when the crime occurred, according to police. A case was filed under IPC Section 376 (D) based on the victim's accusation, and the three accused were detained. "All the three accused are held and were produced in the Court. The accused will stay in police custody till May 19," police said.

Outlook India reported an arrest of a 65-year-old man in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on Friday for molesting a minor girl. The victim, according to authorities, is 13.

According to a Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar (MBVV) police officer, the accused was booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act. In March of this year, the aged man reportedly molested the girl while she was visiting a friend who lived in the same residence as the accused. She informed the police about the molestation incident, which resulted in the man being arrested.

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