Wrestler arrested for allegedly raping teen Kabaddi player in Delhi

NEW DELHI: A wrestler has been arrested in west Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy area for allegedly sexually assaulting a junior national-level kabaddi player, police said.

The 40-year-old accused, identified as Naresh Dahiya, is a resident of Jain Extension in Shahbad Dairy area in north Delhi.

Dahiya, who runs a local wrestling centre in his village, was arrested from his residence.

“The incident occurred on July 9 when the victim, who went for training in Chhatrasal Stadium in north Delhi, was accosted by Dahiya. Posing as a coach, he lured the victim to his car on the pretense of giving her diet tips,” a senior police officer said.

“After having covered some distance, he struck behind her shoulder following which she lost consciousness. When she regained her senses, she found herself in a flat. The accused then sexually assaulted her,” the officer added.

Dahiya left the victim near the stadium the next day and threatened her with dire consequences if she disclosed his crime to anyone, he said.

The victim later approached the police and filed a complaint against Dahiya at the Model Town police station in north Delhi.

He has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Section 376 of the IPC.

The medical test of the victim, presently undergoing treatment, confirmed rape, the officer added.