The Kandivali police on Saturday arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly raping his neighbour’s six-year-old daughter while she was alone in her residence. The police said the incident came to light when the victim’s 12-year-old brother walked into the house and caught the accused red-handed.
The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, the police said. “The accused stays next door to the victim, and on the day, the victim’s brother and mother were away and she was alone in the house. The accused barged into the house and forced himself on her.
During this time, the victim’s brother reached the house and when he saw what was happening, ran out and made a call to his mother, who was nearby. By the time she rushed back home, the accused had fled,” said senior inspector Mahipati Pandharmise.
The victim’s family immediately approached the police. As the accused is known to the victim, she was able to clearly identify him as her assailant and the police launched a search in and around the area.
“The accused was arrested from the same area late on Saturday night. We have charged him for rape under the IPC,” Pandharmise added.