The Ghatkopar police recently arrested a 40-year-old man on the charges of raping a six-year-old girl during Navratri, after her mother finally decided to speak up. Though the girl told her mother about the incident when it first occurred, the woman decided to keep silent, fearing her husband would get into a fight with the accused.
According to the Ghatkopar police, the woman had gone to her mother’s house in Ghatkopar (West) to celebrate Navratri and had taken her daughter with her. “The man is her grandmother’s neighbour. He took the girl on the pretext of playing with her, and then inserted his finger into her private parts, which amounts to rape. The girl started experiencing pain in her private parts and informed her mother about the incident,” said a source from the Ghatkopar police.
The mother, however, made her keep quiet and did not inform her husband. However, the girl complained about pain in her private parts again last week. She was taken to a doctor, who suspected that she had been sexually assaulted.
The mother got scared and told her husband about the incident. On November 27, the couple approached the Ghatkopar police station, where a first information report (FIR) was immediately registered under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act amounting to rape.
The accused was arrested and produced before a sessions court that remanded him in police custody. Senior police inspector VB Patil of the Ghatkopar police confirmed the development.