A 45-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here for raping his daughter-in-law repeatedly for seven days. The 21-year-old victim lived with her labourer husband and her in-laws in Govandi slum.
In March 2006, her husband and mother-in-law went out of Mumbai and the victim was left alone with her father-in-law Shrimant Dudhal, a watchman in a slaughter house in suburban Deonar.On March 26 night, Dudhal raped her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident. The victim told the court that she was repeatedly raped for seven days.
On April 4, 2006, the victim narrated the incident to her neighbours, who then thrashed Dudhal and took him to the police station where a complaint was lodged.
Additional Sessions Judge P V Ganediwal sentenced Dudhal to life imprisonment. Additional public prosecutor Usha Kiran Makasare examined five witnesses including the complainant, neighbours, the doctor who examined her and the police.
The victim's husband appeared as a defence witness alleging that his wife had filed a false complaint because she wanted to divorce him as he was poor. He however, admitted that he did not attempt to meet the victim after the incident.