Betul (MP):  A director of a private school, who allegedly raped a minor girl student at his residence, was on Wednesday arrested along with his wife, who is accused of abetting the crime, police said.

The couple runs a private school in the town where the victim, who became pregnant after the assault, was studying in seventh class, they said.

According to police, the incident took place four months back when Yashwant Kharpate with the help of his wife and school principal Vandana Kharpate called the victim to his residence under the pretext of some work and allegedly sexually assaulted her after which she became pregnant. Police said the couple threatened the girl of dire consequences if she revealed the matter.

However, the incident came to light when the victim was taken to a local hospital on complaint of stomach pain where doctors after examining her confirmed that she was pregnant, police said.

The girl then confided in her mother following which a complaint was lodged with the Kotwali police under sections 376 (punishment for rape), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the Indian Penal Code against the couple.

The arrested duo was produced in a local court which remanded them to judicial custody. Meanwhile, the accused director told reporters that he was being falsely implicated into the matter as part of a conspiracy by the girl's parents since she was denied admission.


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