A 12 year old girl is recovering in hospital from her injuries after she jumped from a four-storey building to escape a sex attacker who allegedly assaulted her.
The young girl’s dramatic escape took place on the outskirts of Mumbai, India.
She was saved when she fell into a makeshift safety net made by men, rickshaw workers, she had helped earlier on.
According to reports, the man who sexually assaulted her was spotted before the girl’s jump by the rickshaw workers. The sex attacker had persuaded the young girl to accompany him to the address where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.
The workers had first met the girl when they were asking for directions to a nearby building that was still under construction.
The girl was next seen sitting on a narrow ledge four storeys above the street. The rickshaw workers spotted her when one of her slippers fell near them.
They were not sure whether she was intending to take her own life.
However, thinking quickly, they used to cloth they were working with, fashioned it into a safety net, and urged her to jump into it.
She jumped to safety, but the net gave way at the last moment and the girl hit the concrete, breaking a bone in her back.
Later, a police inspector told her rescuers that the girl had reported her jump was a desperate bid to escape from the clutches of the man.
Police are hunting the suspect, who is facing assault and kidnapping charges.
CCTV footage from security cameras in the area is being examined in a bid to find him.