MUMBAI : A man has been arrested by the Tarapur police for allegedly raping his 15 year old step daughter after her mother had gone to her native place for Diwali festival.

The accused had raped the minor during the Diwali festival, after her mother went to her native place for Diwali festival,said a Tarapur police official. The mother had given birth to the girl from her first marriage, and after separation, the woman married the accused and the daughter also stayed in his house. He would threaten her of dire consequences if she complained to her mother,said the official.

But the survivor narratted her ordeal as soon as her mother returned and she immediately reported the matter to us and we registered a case under Section 376 (rape) of the IPC and Sections 4,6,8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA) 2012 and when produced before the Palghar court on Thursday, the accused has been remanded in police custody till 12 November,said the official. The medical report has confirmed rape,said the official.