Pune: The Kondhwa police on Saturday arrested a 55-year-old autorickshaw driver following a rape complaint by a 45-year-old deaf-mute woman.
The woman, a homemaker, has alleged that the suspect had been raping her since 2014. Her husband, who works with a private firm, is deaf and mute as well.
The incident came to light on Friday after the suspect entered the house of the woman and raped her. “The woman’s 15-year-old son, who was sleeping in the house, suddenly woke up and saw the suspect raping his mother,” police said.
The suspect threatened the son with dire consequences if he told anyone about the incident. However, he narrated the entire incident to a woman neighbour, who informed one of the relatives of the woman about it. “The suspect was taken in police custody after the rape survivor’s relative contacted him over phone and asked him to meet him outside a restaurant for some work in Kondhwa,” police said.
Senior inspector Milind Gaikwad said help of a sign language expert was taken to register the FIR. The suspect will be in police custody till September 13.