A 40-year-old man has been arrested for raping his nine-year-old stepdaughter repeatedly in her mother’s absence, threatening her at knifepoint. The accused, identified as Mukhtar Shaikh, married two years ago. His 37-year-old wife has a nine-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son from a previous marriage.
The man, a painter by profession, had been staying with his wife and stepchildren in Nallasopara (East). On Wednesday, the victim’s mother returned to find her husband trying to rape her daughter in the bathroom. Infuriated, she intervened and thrashed him. Fearing arrest, Shaikh fled. The child’s mother then headed to the police station to file a rape case against her husband.
The police officers yesterday learnt that Shaikh was hiding at a relative’s house in Bandra (East). A police team was then sent to Bandra, which arrested Shaikh and brought him to Nallasopara. At her mother’s request, the nine-year-old revealed that her stepfather had raped her five times in the last month, seizing the opportunity whenever her mother stepped out.
He used to pick up a knife from the kitchen and threaten to kill her if she complained to her mother. “We sent the girl for a medical examination, which confirmed rape. Based on the statement of the girl and the medical tests, we registered a case against Shaikh under relevant sections of the IPC for rape and intimidation. Shaikh has also been booked under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012,” said Mukund Mahajan, senior inspector of Nallasopara police station.