A 43-year-old HIV-positive watchman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping his 15-year-old foster daughter at their home in Carnac Bunder on May 11 and 15. The man,identified only as Solanki,also allegedly forced the victim to lie to police in a complaint filed on May 16,but she confessed to child welfare officers Sunday.
Police said the two had been living in a residential building for the past six years after the girls mother died a year ago. The accused registered a complaint at Pydhonie police station on May 16,claiming two men raped the girl.
She was then sent to a childrens home. Welfare officers had been speaking to the victim for the past ten days,but she confessed only on Sunday that her foster father raped her on two occasions and threatened her with dire consequences if she did not lie to police.
Based on her confession,we arrested the watchman Tuesday. A medical test at Nagpada Police Hospital Tuesday confirmed rape. We will produce the accused before a magistrate Wednesday, said Pascal DSouza,senior inspector.
Solanki has been charged under section 376 (rape) of IPC and section 4 (aggravated penetrative sexual assault) of Prevention of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.