A woman from Wada taluka in Thane was allegedly raped repeatedly over the past three years by a 53-year-old man from Vasai in the neighbouring Palghar district, police said on Friday.
According to PSI Arjun Shelke of Ganeshpuri police station, the victim is a labourer and a widow with two children.
The accused, Dileep Sridhar Patil from Binar in Vasai, also a labourer, had repeatedly abused and threatened the victim stating that he would reveal their illicit relations to her husband, police said.
Even after the death of her husband, he continued to sexually harass her and forced her with the threat that he will tell everything to her children, the official said.
However, the woman mustered courage and filed a complaint against Patil on Wednesday. The police have launched a manhunt for the accused.
Over the years, the accused took the victim to various lodges in Akloli and Vajreshwari and repeatedly raped her, the complaint said.
Based on a complaint by the victim, police registered an offence and booked Patil under sections 376(2)(n) of the IPC.