A 40-year-old physiotherapist was arrested by Santacruz Police recently for allegedly raping a teenager, who is physically challenged and was seeking treatment at his clinic in Santacruz (W). The incident came to light last week and a case was subsequently lodged. The accused has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
According to police sources, the incident came to light on Tuesday, when the 16-year-old girl, who suffers from speech impairment and other problems, informed her parents about the crime through a text message on their mobile phones. The parents, who were shocked to learn of the incident, immediately approached the police and lodged a complaint.
In her statement, the teen said that the accused, a physiotherapist, touched her inappropriately and raped her during the sessions. Police said that the teen's parents were unaware as they waited outside the cabin and never suspected anything.
Reportedly, the accused had allegedly sexually assaulted the teen for over a year, whenever she visited his clinic. Based on the statement, police made inquiries and nabbed the doctor from his clinic on Thursday. He was subsequently booked under relevant sections of the IPC and POCSO Act for rape.
The accused was produced before a local magistrate court on Friday and was sent to seven days of police custody. The police are now trying to ascertain if the accused committed a similar offense in the past on other patients as well. Meanwhile, the minor will undergo medical tests, and statements of other patients of the physiotherapist will be recorded as a part of a further investigation, said police.