Rajendrasingh Rana (65) and his maid Fatima Dias (45) were arrested on Friday for allegedly molesting a three-and-a-half-year-old girl.
The girl’s mother, Rina D’Souza (29), filed a complaint alleging that the duo may have sexually exploited other children as well. Rina’s daughter used to go to a playgroup, Rising Star, in Belapur.
The police said Rana is the father of the playgroup’s owner and Fatima works there.
“A few days ago, my daughter started telling us that something wrong was happening in the class. We stopped her from going to the playgroup and talked to her about it. We learnt that she was being molested,” said Rina, a resident of Sector 8 in CBD Belapur. “Today, we took her to the class and she pointed at Rana and Fatima,” she added.
Deputy Commissioner of Police R.D. Shinde said: “The child said she would be taken to another room by the maid and Rana would touch her private parts. We believe other parents too might have similar complaints and we are looking into it.”
Earlier on Friday, Sena party workers gathered at CBD police station demanding immediate arrest of the duo.
Meanwhile in Thane, a 19-year-old shopkeeper, Rakesh Khairnair, was arrested for sexually assaulting a four-year-old boy. “As soon as the boy went inside the shop to buy milk, Khairnair downed the shutter. The neighbours heard the boy crying and rescued him,” said Senior Police Inspector S. Deshmukh.