A 37-year-old autorickshaw driver was arrested on Saturday for raping his friend’s wife and keeping her hostage for six days. The driver had told his victim that he would make public nude pictures of her shot by him.
Accused Rajendra Gaud is a resident of the Govindvadi area in Kalyan (west). According to officials from the Mahatama Phule police station, the victim’s husband was arrested in March in an attempt to murder case. She had approached Gaud for help to obtain bail. Gaud, on the pretext of arranging for sureties, took the victim to Mohane, where he has a house. Gaud allegedly served her juice laced with sedatives and then raped her. Gaud also took nude photos of the victim and began blackmailing her.
“Gaud raped the victim several times after securing bail for her husband. Recently, he called her again to his Mohane home and raped her while keeping her in his custody from July 1 to July 6,” said inspector Sunil Dhanawade from the Mahatma Phule police station. “When the victim did not return home on July 1, her husband filed a missing person complaint with the police.”
After returning home on July 6, the victim narrated the incident to her husband, who then lodged a complaint with the police. On Saturday night, cops traced Gaud and booked him for rape and blackmail. The accused has denied all the charges against him. Cops are yet to recover the photos taken by the autorickshaw driver.
The victim’s husband was arrested in March in an attempt to murder case and she approached Gaud for help to obtain bail.