The Bangurnagar police on Monday night arrested Sudarshan Shetty (40), a civil works contractor, for allegedly raping his lover’s 13-year-old daughter for over eight months.
The girl’s ordeal came to light after she complained of abdominal pain to a friend who got her medically examined. It was found that she was more than two months pregnant. The friend then persuaded the victim to approach the police.
Senior Police Inspector Maruti Telang said the girl and Shetty were sent for medical examination to Nagpada Hospital. The girl told the police that her mother and Shetty had a live-in relationship for the past eight months and Shetty raped her whenever her mother went out. He warned her against mentioning it to anyone.
“Shetty last raped me two days ago,” she said in her police statement.
She had been experiencing severe pain since then. “After a medical check-up, the doctor informed her that she was months pregnant,” said a police source.
The fear that Shetty would stop paying for her family’s expenses had prevented the girl from revealing that he had been raping her repeatedly.
The girl has two brothers studying in a Hindi-medium civic school, while she worked in a packaging unit in Goregaon. Her father had died seven years ago.
At the police station, Shetty begged for mercy, saying, “Meri galati ho gayi, maaf kar do. (I have committed a mistake, please forgive me.)”
The victim broke down and sobbed loudly, glaring at the man she used to call “papa”. The police said the girl’s mother did not know of the rape.
The girl’s 14-year-old brother said: “I have no idea what the matter is. When I went home, I saw nobody there. I traced my mother to the police station. I still don’t know what happened and why my papa is in police custody.”