A molester is a molester, no matter his age, no matter his profession. It’s likely that someone doesn’t bat an eye on a person who is a father of five in case of sexual attacks. Such is a case of Sunil Rastogi, a 38-year-old tailor, and a father of five living in Delhi who has confessed to sexually assaulting over hundreds of schoolgirls.
Much to the horror, he had been doing this since over a period of 14 years.
The offender came into light when he was arrested on Saturday after the investigation into three sexual attacks on young girls since December.
The alleged paedophile travelled in and out of Delhi and allegedly lured girls to deserted places after telling them he had to send clothes for their parents.
His confessions have baffled the police, who are wondering how he went undetected for so long. He was even jailed in 2006 for six months in Uttarakhand’s Rudrapur, where he stays.
Senior police officer Omvir Singh said on Sunday :
The accused told us he used to target girls between 7 and 10. Whenever he would find any girl going home from school, he used to mislead her on the pretext that her father had sent some clothes or some other articles to give her and take her to an isolated place.
Rastogi has three daughters and two sons. The daughters are being counseled and the police are trying to find out whether they were targeted too. In 2004, he was beaten and hounded out of his home in east Delhi after he allegedly attacked a neighbour’s daughter. He used to frequently visit the area for work.
His luck ran out after two families reported to the police on January 10 that their daughters, 9 and 10, were kidnapped and attacked.
The children told their parents that a mane took them to a half-constructed building and ran away when they screamed.
A rape case had also been filed on December 13, based on the statement of another little girl.
The police detected a pattern and suspected that the same man was involved. CCTV footage from cameras near the kidnappings revealed Rastogi to the police.
Inquiries showed that the school dropout has been charged with drugs, theft and molestation in various areas.
Rastogi is from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh and came to Delhi in 1990 with his family.