Krishna Pujari

KHERWADI police in Bandra have registered rape MECR (equal to FIR) against the 63-year-old advocate Ramdas Babarao Dandge. The advocate is an accused of raping his 33-year-old typist.

On June 8, 2014 ABI had published an article under headline “63-year-old advocate raped typist for several years.

Vandana Jadhav (name changed to protect identity) has complained (copy available with ABI) in writing to several police stations as well top police officials requesting to register rape FIR against advocate Ramdas Babarao Dandge but Kherwadi police refused to register her complaint. Vandana approached Bandra court through advocate Manoj Singh where court ordered police to register MECR and inquire to the matter.

“On July 3, helpless Kherwadi police registered MECR (Magistrate Enquiry Crime Register) (copy available with ABI) against Dandge under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC,” said Manoj Singh.

Dandge a resident of Ramdas Cottage, Azad Road, Andheri (east) is practicing in Bandra court for three decades.

According to MECR, in 1997 Dandge appointed her as typist in his office located opposite Bandra court. One day Dandge took her to a lodge in Powai on pretext of court work.  There he raped her for the first time.

“Dandge asked me take a file and sit on motorcycle. On pretext of file work he took me in lodge at Powai. There he raped me. When I asked him what he is doing this he said all senior advocates do ‘this’ with their juniors and staff,” said Vandana.

Vandana left job for some time but Dandge approached her and appointed her back. He was quite for some time but slowly- slowly he again maintained physical relation.

In 2004 when Vandana’s mother was not at home Dandge went there and raped her again. Then Vandana approached Kherwadi police station with her mother to lodge an FIR against Dandge but Dandge’s friend advocates B P Sharma, G S Tiwari, N K Sharma and others pressurized on police to do not lodge FIR.

On April 6, 2014 Dandge raped Vandana in presence of his daughter at home. Fed up with the regular rape and harassments Vandana left job permanently. Since two months she was running from pillar to post to register FIR against Dandge.

When contacted Dandge said, “police have not registered any FIR against me. We are compromising the matter.”

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