Nagpur: A 42-year-old man was arrested by MIDC police on Friday for sexually exploiting his 12-year-old daughter Reena (name changed) for around six months at their residence in Ekatmata Nagar. A lower court has remanded Vinod Sable, who earns his livelihood by working as a driver, to police custody till December 10.
Reena is studying at a school that has hostel facility. Her younger brother is enrolled in another school with its own hostel. The siblings used to come home with Sable every weekend and on holidays. Sable had started abusing his daughter over the weekends. His heinous deeds were exposed after Reena narrated her plight to her hostel warden.
Sources claimed Sable's wife had left with the children after developing differences with him. She had been staying at Akola for a long time after that. Sable brought the children to Nagpur after some time, convincing his wife that they would grow up better in the city and get a proper education. Reena and her brother had been staying in the city for the last couple of years.
Police said Sable had started victimizing his daughter in the night after the family retired to bed. He repeated his acts on a few occasions when Reena and her brother came to stay with their father on the weekends.
A traumatized Reena broke down before her hostel warden after returning from a weekend holiday with her father in the last week of November. She also expressed her desire to remain in the hostel during the weekends instead of going with her father. The shocked hostel warden alerted Reena's maternal aunt, who stays in the city. The maternal aunt informed Reena's mother in Akola, who rushed to the city after learning about the shocking incident.
Reena's mother took her to Rana Pratap Nagar police station, but it took a long time to decide on the jurisdiction. NGO activists too could not help the rape survivor by expediting the legal process.
The matter was later referred to MIDC police station to register an offence. Police have also charged Sable with relevant sections of Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012, apart from rape. Reena's medical examination was conducted on Friday.