A 40-year-old Palghar man has been arrested on charges of raping his niece and making the pregnant. The man sexually abused the 14-year-old girl, who used to live with his family, on several occasions at knifepoint.
The Kelwa police took the man in custody after the Std IX girl narrated her ordeal to her mother. The girl was staying at her uncle's house as she wanted to complete her studies.
"The girl resided with her mother's sister. The accused would force himself on her whenever his wife was away. He even tried to abort her foetus, but failed," said a police official from Kelwa police station.
The man was been booked under section 376(rape) and under relevant section of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. A Palghar court on Sunday remanded in police custody for seven days.
"We are investigating further while the girl has been sent to Thane's Civil Hospital for tests. The reports are awaited," said the official.