November 21, 2013 12:58:04 am
A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped on several occasions between June and August by her stepfather. The police said the victims mother allegedly stayed with the accused and stopped her daughter from approaching the police. The girls grandmother reportedly protected her and even took her to their native village to solve the matter at a village panchayat. When no redressal was forthcoming,the victim and her grandmother lodged a complaint at the Marine Drive police station on November 16. The stepfather and mother were arrested on November 18.
According to the police,the accused,a 33-year-old part-time driver,has been in a relationship with the girls 30-year-old mother since 2003. The police said they lived on pavements at Churchgate.
In her complaint,the girl has alleged that the accused first raped her in June on the pavement at the Mantralaya bus depot under the influence of alcohol,the police said. When she complained to her mother,she allegedly told the victim to not inform anyone about it. The accused then allegedly raped the girl on at least two other occasions.
The girls grandmother took the accused,the victim and her mother to Ule village in Solapur district to have the matter heard at a Jat panchayat, said an officer with Marine Drive police station.
The panchayat did not punish the accused and told the girls grandmother to file a police complaint, the officer added.
After the complaint was filed,a police team traveled to Ule to arrest both the accused. They have been charged under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act,2000 and Indian Penal Code (IPC). After a medical examination,the girl was sent to the protective custody of the Child Welfare Committees shelter home in Umerkhadi,the police said.
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