Mumbai: Lovers for 24 years, 50-year-old accuses former boyfriend of rape
The survivor, a vice-president of a school, claimed that her 64-year-old ex-lover a director at the same school had misled her by promising marriage and a director’s position at the school
Who says it’s only the young who are jilted in love? On Sunday, the Oshiwara police arrested a 64-year-old man after his 50-year-old former lover accused him of rape. They had been lovers for 24 years, but he had not fulfilled his promise to marry her, nor had he followed through on other offers, the survivor alleged.
The woman is the vice-president on the board of a school in Andheri (West), while the accused is a director at the same school. During investigations, police found witnesses supporting the survivor’s claims, and discovered that the accused had revealing pictures of her and would use them to threaten her.
In 1986, the survivor had started a balwadi in Oshiwara, and she met the accused in the same year. They became friends, and over the years, the man converted the balwadi into a school with classes up to Std X. He secured all the necessary permissions and got the school registered.
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However, the accused’s wife passed away within a few months of meeting the survivor, and he then began an affair with her. He promised her a flat and marriage, and even assured her that he would make her a director on the school board.
According to the cops, the two of them had sexual relations, and often travelled together as a couple. In 2010, about 24 years later, he broke things off, saying he would neither marry the survivor, nor would he appoint her as a director. Last month, the survivor filed a complaint against him with the police, alleging rape.
The cops arrested her ex-boyfriend on charges of rape, cheating and threatening, after recording statements from teachers in the school, who confirmed that the two had had an affair and would behave like a “married couple”. “We recorded the statements of the witnesses, and only after the investigations, we arrested the accused. We found that the accused had clicked obscene pictures of the victim.
We presented the man before the holiday court, where he was remanded to police custody till December 23 (today),” said Subhash Vele, senior police inspector at Oshiwara police station. The police are now taking help from the Cyber Crime unit to recover the survivor’s pictures from the accused’s laptop and computer.