A 22-year-old man from Kharghar, accused of allegedly raping a minor for almost two years on the pretext of marriage, has been booked by the police. Soon after he learnt that a case has been registered against him and the police are on a lookout, the accused went into hiding.
According to the police, the accused, Omkar Patil, a resident of sector 19 in Kharghar, befriended the 17-year-old victim in May 2012. A few days later he promised marriage to her and the two had been in a relationship ever since.
"The accused would take the victim to the parking lot at Kharghar station in his car and rape her. He raped her on several occasions, between May 2012 and March 2014," said a police officer from Kharghar police station.
Patil, however, stopped receiving the girl's calls last week. When the girl met him this week and asked him the reason, he said he did not want to marry her. The girl's parents then approached the police and registered a case against Patil.
The police have booked Patil under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 3 and 4 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
"We are now on the look out for the accused and hope to get hold of him soon," the police officer said.