Mumbai police on Thursday arrested on for allegedly raping his daughter over a period of four years.
The accused, a resident of Prabhadevi district, was arrested after his daughter, a 17-year-old tailor, acted on a friend's advice to file a legal complaint at the Cuffe Parade police station.
Deputy commissioner of police, zone 1, Dr Ravindra Shisve said, "A case was registered at the Cuffe Parade police station on Thursday after the victim and her friend lodged a complaint. We have arrested the accused and are interrogating him," IANS reported.
The victim lived with her father in a rented house near Ganesh Murti Nagar in Cuffe Parade. She was sexually abused by him for five years after her mother moved to her home town following a separation from him.
The accused a resident of Prabhadevi remarried soon after his divorce from the victim's mother. The offender then convinced the victim to shift to a rented house, where he sexually assaulted her, after he noticed friction growing between his daughter and second wife.
In her statement to the police, the victim said that her father would visit her during odd hours and sexually assaulted her in the house. She went on to say that she could not reveal the ordeal to anyone following his threat of withdrawing financial help.
"The only parent who was in Mumbai was her perpetrator. Finally, she managed to open up to her friend," Additional Commissioner of Police Krishna Prakash told DNA.
The girl's father has been booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code including rape, molestation and insult with intent to provoke breach of peace.
He will be produced before court on Friday. Officials are waiting for the medical examination results to verify if the victim was raped.
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