Mangaluru: On Saturday, the Bajpe police have arrested Harishchandra Rao aka Appu Bhat (56), a resident of Kondemoole, on charges of sexually abusing his housemaid and causing her pregnancy.
Harishchandra Rao’s wife had committed suicide about seven months ago. Soon thereafter, he had employed the 19-year-old woman as a housemaid in his house. He began sexual assault on her under threat.
She stopped going to his house for some time. But since he threatened her that he would finish her family, she continued to work in his house. Soon she got pregnant and Rao is said to have taken her to a private nursing home to get her pregnancy terminated.
In the meantime, fearing adverse publicity and legal action, Rao is said to have taken all her family members and got them to stay in a private accommodation in Mangaluru. Her neighbours and well-wishers tracked her down and got her to file a complaint with the Bajpe police.
When the doctors asked the woman for the name of the father of child to be born, she mentioned Rao’s name. She said that she had fears of safety of her life and her family and hence had not complained. The people from her surroundings gave her courage to face the situation boldly.
The police said that after the childbirth, a DNA test would be held to verify the paternity.