Teacher arrested for raping minor

The Pune rural police on Tuesday arrested a 46-year-old Sanskrit teacher for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl from a poor family whom he had "adopted" to educate her. An offence has been registered at the Narayangaon police station.

Police have identified the suspect as Dipakraj Shastri of Warulwadi, Narayangaon, who has been teaching Sanskrit for the last 20 years at a prominent educational institute.

Police said last year Shastri had brought the girl from Nashik district to work at his house and had assured her parents that he would take care of her education. But he did not send her to school.

On Monday, a shopkeeper in Warulwadi found the girl sitting near her house, alone and frightened, around 2 pm. On inquiring, she told the shopkeeper that Shashtri was harassing her sexually. The shopkeeper then passed on the information to MNS district vice-president Makrand Patel, who called the girl's father and asked him to take his daughter home. The father reached Warulwadi today morning. The girl said Shastri had allegedly raped her several times in the last two months and also allegedly threatened to beat her if she told anyone about it, police said.

The father then filed a police complaint after which Narayangaon police arrested Shastri on charges of rape. Police inspector Shankarrao Awtade is investigating the case.

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