In an extraordinary step, a step-mother in India’s Maharashtra state reported her husband to police leading to his arrest on rape charges. This was after the accused’s 15-year-old daughter from first wife told her step-mother how her own father had been repeatedly raping her for three years.
The police arrested the 38-year-old man in Palghar district of Maharashtra on Thursday. According to reports, the accused lived with his second wife and the 15-year-old daughter. The arrested man had divorced his wife many years ago before he got married again.
Sarjerao Kumbhar, inspector of Tarapur police station was quoted by news agency PTI as saying, “The accused and his first wife got separated years back and their daughter was living with him.” The daughter, according to Kumbhar, said that her father had been sexually assaulting her since 2015. “He (the father) used to threaten the victim against disclosing it to anyone,” the police official said.
The matter came to light after the victim shared her harrowing experience with her step mother, who decided to report her husband to police. It was her police complaint that led to the arrest of her own husband.