The Nallasopara police on Tuesday arrested a man for allegedly raping his 12-year-old daughter on several occasions since last year. The incident came to light when the girl's mother returned home late on Tuesday to find her daughter crying.
According to the police, the accused would sexually assault his daughter whenever he would find her alone at their Nallasopara (East) apartment, where she lived with her mother and a younger brother. The accused is suspected to have raped the girl at least three to four times since last year, according to the girl's statement to the police.
"The girl's mother lodged a complaint against her husband following which we arrested him. He has been booked for rape and unnatural offences along with other relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act," said Ravindra Badguzar, senior inspector at Nallasopara police station.
The girl could not muster up the courage to complain against her father, but on Tuesday she confided in her younger brother. The girl told her seven-year-old brother that their 'father is bad' and that he should stay away from him. When the girl's mother returned home from work, she saw the girl weeping and got worried.
After repeated questioning by the mother, the girl broke down and told her mother about the sexual assaults.
"He would sexually assault the girl and force her into unnatural sex. He was produced before a metropolitan court and has been remanded in police custody," said an officer.
The police said that the man worked as a salesperson and supplied groceries to the local stores in the area.