Thane | A woman from Wada taluka here was allegedly raped repeatedly over the past three years by a 53-year-old man from Vasai in neighbouring Palghar district, police said on Friday.
According to PSI Arjun Shelke of Ganeshpuri police station, the victim is a labour with two children and her husband passed away in the recent years while her sexual exploitation was still on.
The accused Dileep Sridhar Patil from Binar in Vasai, also a labour, had repeatedly abused and threatened the victim stating that he would reveal their illicit relations to her husband, police said.
Even after the death of her husband, he continued to exploit her and forced her to give into his demands or else he will reveal all to her children, the official said.
However, the woman mustered courage and filed a complaint against Patil on Wednesday after police have launched a manhunt for him.
Over the years, the accused took the victim to various lodges in Akloli and Vajreshwari and repeatedly raped her, the complaint said.
Based on complaint by the victim, police registered an offence and booked Patil under sections 376(2)(n) of the IPC.