One look at him and anyone would think he's just another elderly neighbourhood uncle who has two daughters. He appears to be the kind of man one meets on the road and wishes respectfully.
That is how 50-year-old Mukesh Singhal, accused of allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl studying in Delhi University, comes across. No one would have imagined that this man could abduct and rape a young girl.
But this is not the first time that Singhal has been arrested on charges of rape. Back in 2004, he spent eight months behind bars when he was arrested allegedly for having raped a woman.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sharad Aggarwal said, “During investigations we found that he has a prior case of rape against him. He, however, claimed that it was consensual sex. He was later acquitted in the case.”
The police are now looking into the past cases and are investigating the matter.
Even having two daughters of his own did not stop Singhal from brutally raping the 17-year-old minor.
What is more shocking is that he lured the girl by saying that she was like a daughter to him and that his daughters are of the same age as her. One of Singhal's daughters is 22-years-old and another 14-years-old. He has a son as well.
According to police, during investigations it was found that Singhal has earlier been known to solicit prostitution.
“He fancies himself as a womanizer and has in the past called prostitutes over to his factory in Hari Nagar and even took them to hotels. He has been known to take these sex workers to various discotheques and pubs. He paid a lot to these girls as well.
“Even his family members knew about his activities but could not do anything about it,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorized to speak to the media.
The police said that Singhal raped the girl in his Maruti Wagon R car.
“While raping the girl he gagged her and constantly kept on threatening her. He told her to keep quiet or she would meet with dire consequences,” added the officer.