DELHI, Jan 17: A sex predator who targeted children as they headed home from school on trains has been arrested in Delhi on Sunday on suspicion of attacking 600 young girls.
Sunil Rastogi, 38, has alleged girls between the ages of seven and 11 during a 13-year campaign of terror.
The sex offender, who works as a tailor, is believed to have carried out his sickening attacks on train routes in Delhi before heading home.
The suspected predator was arrested after CCTV footage reportedly backed up some of the girls’ claims.
Deputy police commissioner Omvir Singh Bishnoi said he had admitted offences in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh and the town of Rudrapur in Uttarakhand, as well as crimes in Delhi, according to Sky News.
“Police have registered eight cases, we are still working on it.
“He would follow girls, target one who strayed and say ‘oh, I know your father, he is a good friend of mine’.
“He would lure them and take them to a secluded place.”
India is in the midst of a rape crisis, with a UN committee estimating in 2014 that a third of rape victims in the country are children.
And it is feared there could be hundreds more victims than the number of confessions obtained so far from Rastogi.
One police officer told the Hindustan Times: “People have started making their own calculations taking a lead from Rastogi’s statement. He said that he used to visit Delhi at least twice a month for the past 13 years.”