The state government has attached the property of absconding senior police inspector Arun Borude, accused of raping a 15-year-girl in Powai, the Maharashtra home minister RR Patil announced in the state legislative council on Saturday.
Borude has already been dismissed from the service.
According to the home minister, several teams comprising of Mumbai police and crime branch officials, have been formed to trace him. Replying to a calling attention motion raised by Hussain Dalwai of Congress and others, the minister said the rape case was registered against Borude following a complaint lodged by the minor girl in November with the Powai police station.
The victim had alleged that she was raped on several occasions by four to five persons at a house in Powai. The case came to light after the girl delivered a baby girl at a hospital in October.
"The police had arrested three persons in this case. But, still we didn't find Borude. Six different teams of police are looking after him and still he is absconding."
The police are using "all the tricks to catch him by all means," he added.
Members from the ruling and opposition bench had also expressed concern over the growing incidents of sexual harassment of women in the state, citing this incident.
The minister informed that the government has set up women security cell in every police commissionerate. Similarly, such cell was set up in district headquarters.
The committee of this cell comprises women doctors, social workers, lawyers, and professors to counsel such victims.
Moreover, the state government has constituted a committee, headed by retired justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari to make the existing laws dealing with women related crimes more effective. The committee has already started its work, he further informed.
Patil said that the state government has set up 12 special courts in different places in Maharashtra for speedy trial of women related crime cases. Besides, the state government has urged the high court to set up fast-track court for women-related crimes if those continue in a particular court for over a year.