Mumbai: The Gamdevi police arrested a security guard working with a temple trust on Thursday, for allegedlt raping a hawker. Dattatray Kothavale allegedly shot objectionable pictures of the 35-yearold woman, blackmailed and raped her several times.
Police said Kothavale was employed with T G Pavilion Trust that manages two temples near Mahalaxmi. The victim has a stall on the temple premises. Five months ago, Kothavale had taken the victim to a lodge on the pretext of introducing her to his family.
“However, instead of doing as he promised, Kothavale spiked her drink and clicked objectionable pictures of her. Later, he raped her several times by threatening her, saying he will circulate the pictures in public,” said a police officer. “The police station received a formal complaint on November 8. The victim, a mother of two, had come along with her husband. After verifying the facts, Kothavale was arrested on Thursday night,” confirmed Ravindra Gamre, assistant police inspector.
Kothavale would take the victim to various lodges every week. Fed up, the victim finally confided in her husband. Cops have found the mobile phone with which Kothavale had clicked the pictures. The phone will be sent for cyber analysis. “The accused would extort money from the hawkers who had stalls in the premises and the victim was one of them. He would collect Rs 15,000 to Rs 18,000 a month as hafta for illegally allowing them inside the temple premises,” said a police officer.
A source from the trust said they had not come across any such complaint against Kothavale.
The Times of India, November 17, 2012