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Mumbai teacher rapes his student, escapes to Delhi
George Mendonca | TNN | Updated: Dec 12, 2016, 03.11 PM IST

NAVI MUMBAI: The Nerul police, who are probing the rape case of a 13-year-old girl of a local school, said the accused, a teacher, is hiding in Delhi. The schoolteacher aged 42 years had been on the run since September when the FIR was registered.

The survivor's father works for a private firm in Pune and her mother is a homemaker. The teacher got the minor pregnant after allegedly raping her twice in April and August on the school premises, when the other students attending a physical education training session, the police said.

In September, when the girl complained of nausea and stomach pain, her mother took her to a private doctor who diagnosed her and informed that she was four weeks pregnant. The development shocked the girl's mother and she then broke the news to the girl's father working in Pune. Later, the schoolgirl narrated her ordeal to her mother and claimed that she had kept silent as the teacher had threatened her of dire consequences.

The girl's mother then confronted the teacher, but he denied the allegations.Later, the girl's mother lodged a police complaint. A rape case was registered against the teacher at Nerul police station under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act).

The teacher, who is married and has one son, fleed from his Koparkhairane residence. Later, his family left the flat. "Over the last two months, we were unable to trace the teacher's whereabouts," said a police official.Adikrao Pol, senior inspector of Nerul police station added, "When the FIR was registered against the tea cher in September, policemen had gone to his residence in Koparkhairane, but he could not be traced. He had even switched off his mobile phone. As a rape case was registered against him, the school principal had immediately suspended him from his job. A couple of days ago, we tracked down his location to Delhi."

A team has reached Delhi and is coordinating with the local law-enforcement officials to arrest him. "The alleged sexual assault on the minor came to light only after five months when she had become pregnant after which she confided in her mother and revealed the name of the teacher," Pol added.