Army officer accused of raping mentally-ill girl

Nashik: A 21-year-old mentally-challenged girl was allegedly raped by a senior army officer at his residence in the Deolali camp area here, police said today.

Col. Vinod Sahani was detained by Deolali camp police after the girl’s parents lodged a complaint in this regard last night. The alleged crime took place on Thursday, police said.

The army officer has been booked under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“Col. Sahani worked?in depot battery at Artillery Centre in Deolali camp and stayed at his private flat with his family in the camp area.

“On April 30, the accused threatened the girl, who resides in the same building, took her to his house when his family members were away, and then raped her,” said senior police officer Rajesh Akhade at Deolali Camp police station.

According to him, the accused and the victim have been sent to Nashik Civil Hospital for medical examination and their medical reports are awaited.

“The army officer has been placed under?detention and further inquiry is in progress,” Akhade said.

According to police sources, Sahani has claimed that he is being “framed” in the case.