A magistrate at the Khandala court in Satara district was booked by the police on charges of raping his teenage neighbour in the Ambegaon Pathar area in Pune. The accused, Nagraj Sudam Shinde (35) has been absconding since an FIR was registered against him at the Bharati Vidyapeeth police station.

According to the police, Shinde and the survivor both lived in the same building, and their families were on good terms with each other. She would often go to his house to play carrom. About a month ago, while Shinde’s pregnant wife was at her mother’s home, he allegedly lured the minor with a promise of gold rings and a flat and cell phone and later raped her.

“Shinde had threatened her, instructing her not to tell anyone about the incident. However when she began to hurt, she told her family about it,” said Police Inspector Macchindra Chavan. The girl’s father approached the women’s grievance cell at the NGO Janiv Sanghatna, and narrated the incident to Kanchan Ghode, the vice president there. With the help of the NGO, the family registered an FIR against Shinde.

While the girl is a std X student at a reputed school in Pune, the police said that Shinde had not been going in to work for six months. They are currently investigating whether he was on leave or had been fired.