New Delhi: Struck with guilt over having sexually assaulted an eight-year-old girl, a retired IAF officer ended his life by jumping in front of a train near Nizamuddin railway station.

The 62-year-old man, who lived in his brother’s apartment in southeast Delhi’s Sunlight colony area, allegedly assaulted the daughter of his tenant on Saturday evening. According to the police, the incident took place around 5 pm when the girl, who lives on the fourth floor of the building, was returning from her tuition classes.

Later, hit by remorse, the man decided to end his life. He reportedly called up his elder brother at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and confessed. He said he was ending his life as he couldn’t get over his guilt. The brother then called up the cops who rushed to the man’s house, but didn’t find him there. After 15 minutes, the police got information that the man had committed suicide near the Nizamuddin railway station.

“When she (the survivor) was taking the stairs to her fourth-floor flat, the man, who lived alone on the second floor, called her in. He locked the door and forcibly removed her clothes and assaulted her. She told us that the man threatened her against saying anything to her parents and even promised her gifts if she obeyed,” said a senior police officer.

The girl’s family saw her emerge semi-clothed from the second floor.

“The family looked around for the man, but could not find him. Growing suspicious, they questioned the child who eventually told them everything.” They called up the police and who took her to a hospital. “Around 6:15pm, we received information that the man had committed suicide at a railway crossing near Nizamuddin area. The deceased was identified as the family’s landlord,” said the officer.

Earlier, the man reportedly called up his brother and admitted that he had made a grievous mistake and couldn’t show his face to anyone. “We got a call from his brother claiming that he was going to commit suicide and launched a manhunt, but by the time we reached the railway station, he had already killed himself,” a police officer said.

The survivor’s family said the girl was still in shock and was receiving counselling. Police have recorded the statement of the family members and the deceased’s brother and registered a case.

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Source: TOI-Delhi