A Mumbai police officer was arrested for raping a woman on the promise of marriage. The inspector was also charged with beating the victim. According to a Mid-Day report, Praful Agawane, a sub-inspector from Kanjurmarg area of Mumbai, separated from his wife a year ago. He hired a full time domestic help in his house for cooking and cleaning purposes.

The domestic help and Agawane soon became close friends after some months used to spend time with each other. One day Agawane promised to marry her. The victim was also separated from her husband.  The victim informed police that the accused established sexual relationship with her on the promise of marriage.

However, both started having fights over domestic matters and Agawane used to beat her, according to statement of the victim. He also used to lock her up in the room after the fight. One day, a fight over the promise of marriage occurred between both and Agawane asked the victim to leave the house. After the victim did not agreed for the same, Agawane locked her up in a room and left.

The victim somehow contacted her brother and informed her about the incident, his brother informed the police control room following which the victim was rescued. “After the victim recorded her statement, we registered an FIR in the matter under sections 376, 324, 323, 509, 342 of IPC. The accused was produced in court and remanded in police custody till May 25,” a police official told Mid-Day.