When the parents of a 13-year-old girl suffering from dyslexia heard of Ramchandra Nadar (42), they were relieved to have finally found somebody who could help their daughter overcome her learning disability.
What the Bandra residents did not imagine was that letting Nadar enter their home and coach their daughter would be a decision they will regret for life.
On Monday evening, the girl’s mother approached the Khar police and filed a complaint alleging that Nadar had repeatedly raped her daughter over the past four months.
The police have launched a manhunt for Nadar.
“My daughter engaged this man to teach my granddaughter who suffers from a learning disability,” said the victim’s maternal grandmother. “Today, we regret the decision to hire someone without checking his background.”
Nadar, a resident of Andheri (East), is married and has two children.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) K.M.M. Prasanna said medical tests conducted on the girl indicated that she had been raped repeatedly. “We have registered a case of rape. He [Nadar] is on the run, but we will arrest him soon.”
The police said the victim’s parents, who are well educated and are highly placed professionals, learnt of Nadar’s skills from friends.
The girl’s mother said since there are few people who teach students with learning disabilities, the thought of checking his background did not occur to the family.
The parents left home for work every morning and returned only in the evening. The girl’s older brother is studying medicine and would be at class all day. The domestic help usually left the house between 3 pm and 6 pm. This is when Nadar would come home.
“A week ago, the girl’s maternal aunt, who lives in the same building, went to her house when the tuitions were on. She entered the house using a spare key and was shocked to see the tutor touching the girl inappropriately,” a police officer said requesting anonymity. “As soon as the accused saw the girl’s aunt, he started adjusting the girl’s clothes.”
The girl’s aunt found his behaviour suspicious and the girl’s mother about it. The victim’s mother decided to keep an eye on Nadar.
On Monday evening, after the girl’s last exam, her mother asked her whether Nadar had misbehaved with her. The girl told her mother that her tutor had been raping her repeatedly over the past four months.
The victim’s mother told the police that a few months after hiring Nadar she had heard that he had a bad reputation, but it was too late.
Additional Commissioner of Police (West) Amitabh Gupta said, “We will also question the maid to find out if she was party to the crime or had suspected the behaviour of the accused.”