Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

NAVI MUM­BAI: The 23- year- old man from Ra­bale who al­legedly raped his 6-year-old niece, has been re­manded to po­lice cus­tody till Fe­bru­ary 29.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the ac­cused- Kailash Gaik­ward would stay in the same chawl at Talouli area as with the vic­tim.

“Around 7.30 pm on Mon­day, when the vic­tim was play­ing with an­other girl near a tem­ple, the ac­cused took her to his res­i­dence.

The ac­cused is mar­ried and has two chil­dren. How­ever, his wife and chil­dren had gone to their na­tive place in Nanded a few days ear­lier. Tak­ing the ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion, he al­legedly raped the girl,” said Ma­hesh Bhavikatti, as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor from Ra­bale po­lice sta­tion.

Mean­while, the other girl with whom the vic­tim was play­ing in­formed the vic­tim’s mother that her daugh­ter had been picked up by the ac­cused. The mother found some­thing amiss and she rushed the ac­cused’s res­i­dence.

“As the mother knocked at his door, the ac­cused came out, but he was not al­low­ing her to get in. The mother then force­fully en­tered the house and re­alised what was hap­pen­ing in­side. She later ap­proached us and nar­rated the en­tire in­ci­dent,” he said.

Fol­low­ing an FIR reg­is­tered by the vic­tim’s mother po­lice ar­rested the ac­cused within a few hours. He has been booked un­der sec­tions 376, 363, 342 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and rel­e­vant sec­tions of Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren from Sex­ual Of­fences Act, 2012.

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