Police in Tapi district have arrested a sports coach for allegedly raping an 18-year-old tribal student last year. The crime came to light after police began investigation into an incident where a newborn was found abandoned on the roadside on August 4.
According to police, the victim had abandoned her one-day old daughter, born out of rape, near Dolvan Dudh Dairy. Village sarpanch Karshan Kokni, after learning about the abandoned newborn, informed Dolvan police station and also rushed the infant to a government hospital, where her condition is stated to be normal. While probing the case, an autorickshaw driver informed police that he had given lift to a young woman, carrying a baby, to the dairy from a nearby village on August 4.
Investigators finally tracked the mother of the infant and arrested her under Section 317 of IPC (exposure and abandonment of child under twelve years, by parent or person having care of it) on August 13. She was later released on bail.
The woman told police that while participating in a Khel Maha Kumbh event at Madal village in Tapi district on November 29, 2015, she met one Yusuf Gamit, who was sports coach at a college in Vyara.
The two entered a relationship and the accused hid the fact from the woman that he was already married, police said.
However, when the woman became pregnant he started avoiding her and later broke off with her, police said.
The victim, who stays away from her parents, did not inform them about her pregnancy and delivered the baby on August 3 with the help of a distant relative, the investigators said.
“We arrested the accused, Yusuf Gamit, on Wednesday. The DNA test confirmed that he was biological father of the infant… We also talked to the parents of the rape victim and they have agreed to take care of the baby,” said sub-inspector V R Bharwad.