Mumbai: After arranging the marriage of his 15-year-old son to a 12-year-old girl, a 42-year-old man started coveting her himself. He has now been arrested by Ulhasnagar Police for allegedly abducting and raping her.
Police have revealed that the accused took the girl to a guesthouse, promising her that she would meet his son, and then allegedly raped her. The accused has been identified by the Hill Line police as Abdul Shaikh, a resident of Rohidas Nagar in Kalyan. Shaikh had earlier met the victim's family, and the two parties had mutually agreed to get their children married five years later.
"On Saturday, the victim had set out from her residence in Camp V for her school, when Shaikh intercepted her and asked her to board a waiting auto, luring her with the promise of meeting his son," senior inspector of police, Hill Line police station Narendra Jadhav said.
Shaikh then took the minor to Netaji Chowk and thereafter to Surya Lodging and Boarding. He persuaded her to don a burqa before entering, saying that her school dress could make others question her presence at the lodge," added Jadhav.
"Once they entered one of the rooms, the girl started enquiring about Shaikh's son, as she couldn't see him around. It was then that Shaikh put forward the condition that she would have to do his bidding if she wanted to marry his son. He then raped her, and threatened her with dire consequences if she exposed him to any of their acquaintances.
After having his way with her, Shaikh dropped the minor near a residence, and fled. The incident was revealed when the victim's younger sister complained to their mother that the 12-year-old girl had not made it to school that day. The worried mother questioned her daughter, who disclosed the day's events to her. The mother then registered a case with us," said Jadhav.
The police then inquired with the lodge, and tracking Shaikh with the help of his phone number, they arrested him. "Shaikh has been booked for kidnapping, rape and criminal intimidation," said Jadhav.