A 25-year-old man has been arrested for raping a woman’s 12-year-old sister and kidnapping her other sister’s four-month-old baby after she spurned his advances.
The accused, Monu Sachdeva, a Chembur resident and a hotel owner, knew Vinita (name changed to protect the victim’s identity) since over four years when she started staying in the area.
However, Vinita, who hails from Jaipur, shifted to a building in Nagpada about a year ago, where she lives with two sisters, one of whom is a divorcee with a newborn child, while the other is a minor.
Vinita and her 21-year-old sister have been working in a ladies bar at Byculla since five years. Sachdeva would often profess love for Vinita, but she never reciprocated as she was seeing someone.
According to the police, on Monday night, when the two sisters were at the bar, Sachdeva went to their Nagpada home and took their sister and the baby out on the pretext of going for a drive.
“Sachdeva took the girl and the child to a hotel in Sanpada, where he raped the minor on Monday night,” said Sanjay Kadam, senior police inspector of Nagpada police station.
“Meanwhile, the sisters approached us to report that their sibling and the child were missing after they could not find them on returning home,” added Kadam.
During the course of investigations, the police learnt that Sachdeva was a frequent visitor to Vinita’s house.
They also found that he was the last person to call the minor girl, whose cell phone had been switched off since Monday night, after they sought call records from the mobile operator.
A trap was then laid and Sachdeva was arrested on Tuesday night. A medical report confirmed the minor had been raped.
“We have booked him for rape and kidnapping under sections 376 and 363 of the Indian Penal Code. He has been remanded in police custody till October 11,” added Kadam.