Thane : A 15-year-old tribal girl, who became pregnant after she was allegedly raped by a relative, died on way to hospital in Vikramgadh area of the district, the police said on Friday.
The girl, a resident of Naval Pada hamlet in Vikramgadh town, complained of severe pain in abdomen on Wednesday night, following which her family admitted her to a local public healthcare centre, Vikramgadh Assistant Police Inspector, R B Mhamunkar, said.
It was only after the girl experienced pain and confided in her grandmother about her condition that the family came to know that she had been raped by the relative.
As her condition deteriorated, the girl was rushed to Wada Rural Hospital, but she died on way near Pali village in the wee hours on Thursday.
According to a complaint lodged by the victim’s father late last night, his nephew – Santosh S Dapchi (26) – would repeatedly rape his daughter at their home when she was alone after the former would go for work to Uttan in Bhayandar.
Based on the complaint, Vikramgadh police have registered an offence under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and relevant Sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
No arrest has been made so far in this connection, the police said, adding that they are likely to apprehend the accused soon.
The body has been sent for post-mortem and further investigation was on.