ISLAMABAD, Feb 14: A man was arrested for trying to rape an 11-year-old girl in New Shakrial, police said on Tuesday.

The accused, a gardener in the Capital Development Authority, had escaped from his house after what the police said attempting to rape the girl. However, he was arrested from his father’s house and booked in a criminal case.

The accused will be produced in the court of law on Wednesday for obtaining his remand, the police added.

The girl’s father, a retired army official, while talking to Dawn said:  “Thank to Allah my daughter remained safe but since the incident my whole family is in shock and distress.”

The police said the girl was going to the market along with her 18-month-old sister to purchase milk on Monday. On her way, one of the neighbours asked her to also bring milk for him. He took the girl inside his house on the pretext of giving her money for the milk and tried to rape her.

However, the girl managed to escape leaving her younger sister behind.

The girl narrated the incident to her family who reached the house of the accused and found the little girl outside.

On the complaint of the girl’s father, the Shahzad Town police approached the medico-legal officer who after examining the victim at her house on Monday night declared that she had not been raped.

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