TWO SEPARATE rape cases were registered by the Thane police on Saturday. While in the first case, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly beaten up and raped by her stepfather, in the second case, a 34-year-old man is alleged to have raped a 26-year-old woman. The police are on the lookout for the accused in both cases.
According to the police, the first incident took place in Kalyan on Thursday when the 17-year-old, a college student, was alone at home. The girl’s stepfather allegedly entered her residence and found her talking to her mother, who was at a relative’s place, over the phone.
Suspecting that she had been criticising him, the 32-year-old accused pulled the phone from the girl’s hand, an officer said. “He then took off his belt and started beating her,” said an officer.
The accused, employed at a factory, then took her to the bedroom where he forced himself upon her. He allegedly told her that she should come to visit him every week. He threatened her that if she told anyone about the incident, she would be in trouble, an officer said. The girl later told her mother about what had allegedly transpired.
When the girl’s mother and elder sister confronted the accused, he allegedly abused them too. The family then approached the Kolsewadi police station in Kalyan where a case under Section 376 (f) (rape by a person in a position of trust or authority towards the person) of the IPC and sections of the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered.
The second incident took place in Badlapur, where one Nitin Saxena, a Kharghar resident, was booked on Saturday for allegedly raping a 26-year-old woman. According to investigators, the accused and the victim were known to each other. The 26-year-old did not want to maintain any contact with Saxena, who, however, kept calling her and pressing her to meet him. He would also call up her parents and threaten them, an officer said.
“The accused forcibly took the girl to a resort in Lonavala where he allegedly forced himself on her. Later, he allegedly raped the girl once more after threatening her that if she did not meet him, he would post compromising photographs of her on social media,” said an officer. Eventually, the family members approached the police on Saturday following which a case of rape and threatening a woman was registered against Saxena at the local Mahatma Phule Chowk police station.