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KEM doctor held for rape

mumbai Updated: Feb 23, 2010 01:24 IST
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The Bhoiwada police arrested a 31-year-old resident medical officer from the neurosurgery department of KEM hospital, Parel, for allegedly raping a resident doctor.

Dr Rakesh Redhu was arrested from KEM on Monday following a complaint by a 28-year-old resident medical officer (RMO) of MGM hospital in Parel.

The victim was an MBBS student at KEM hospital.

“Redhu has been arrested for rape, assault, cheating and wrongful restraint. He has been remanded in police custody until February 25,” said Senior Inspector, Vikram Patil.

The victim, a Pune resident, had lodged the complaint against Redhu on February 12. Her statement said she met Redhu in 2009 during a one-year training programme and they fell in love.

Their affair continued for six months.

“Redhu took her to the RMO quarters at KEM hospital where he offered her a drink that was spiked,” said Patil.

“He then raped her. The next day, Redhu promised to marry her so the relationship continued.”

The victim, however, has alleged that Redhu later refused to marry her. The victim’s statement also alleged that Redhu would often meet her at the RMO quarters of MGM hospital. “Redhu is an alcoholic. He would force me to consume liquor and then rape me,” the victim’s complaint said. “He had been emotionally blackmailing me so that I do not complain.”

A police officer, requesting anonymity, said that when the victim told her father and brother about the incident, her family came to Mumbai.

On February 12, around 8 am, the victim and her cousins, Vaibhav Pawar and Bajirao Paulkar, went to the doctors' room, where Redhu was present and allegedly assaulted him.

They also allegedly damaged hospital property. A case had been registered against the victim and her relatives, too.