In October 2018, an 18-year-old mentally challenged teenager was raped in a dark deserted lane in Tardeo, 70 km from her home.
Since the last two years, a dedicated police team from Tardeo has been trying to map out the accused, who had fled over to Nepal. Finally, a phone call last month helped trace the 38-year-old culprit to Patna.
The man, Manoj Saha, was arrested last week and a charge sheet will soon be filed in the case, police said. The woman also added that she was raped by three men. Accordingly, a case of gangrape was registered.
“She is still traumatised. Whenever there is a mention of any sexual assault around her, my daughter starts shouting. The incident has left a deep scar. She returned home after 24 hours (October 11) and we noticed a change in her behaviour. When I took her into confidence, she told me of her ordeal". said the woman’s father.
Police said on October 10, 2018, the woman had fought with her sisters and left the house. She took a train to Mumbai Central and slept on a road at Tardeo, where Saha forced himself on her taking advantage of the late hour.
“Soon after the FIR was registered, we were informed that the culprit had escaped to Bihar and a team was sent to his native place,” said an officer. However, he had managed to flee to Nepal by then. He had also reportedly stopped using his cellphone although he stayed in touch with one of his friends from Mumbai and also asked him for updates of the investigation in his case.
“Recently, he called his friend to take an update on the investigation and gave away his location", said Assistant Inspector Sachin Mane.