THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FATHER AND DAUGHTER IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST VIRTUOUS, AND IT IS THE FATHER WHO TEACHES THE GIRL WHAT KIND OF MAN SHE HAS TO LOOK UP TO AND TRUST IN HER LIFE. CASES LIKE THIS DESTROY THE PURITY OF THIS RELATIONSHIP AND CROSS ALL HUMAN DECENCY. A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS RAPED AND ABUSED OVER THE COURSE OF 5 YEARS UNTIL THE ACCUSED WAS FINALLY CAUGHT.

The victim, who is a Class VIII student at a Government School, is the youngest of four siblings, two brothers and two sisters. The traumatised girl finally decided to confide in her teacher during value education class in school on Monday. She described the spine chilling information by saying she was being raped for five years, and when the teacher inquired if her mother knew about the same, and whether she had taken any action, the victim girl revealed a heart-wrenching truth saying, she was asked to keep quiet by her mother.

The teacher then made a call to the child helpline (1098), and Asmita members were sent to the school. The NGO representatives took the girl into their custody and left for Jaipur, their headquarters. There the girl told them that her father had molested, raped and thrashed her several times over the past five years. He had also threatened to kill her if she told anyone about it.

The girl was counselled, and when she was ready, Jayashashi Sharma, a coordinator of the NGO, accompanied her to Mansarovar police station in Jaipur, where she filed a complaint, against which a Zero FIR was registered. The Jaipur cops then informed their counterparts at Bajghera police station.

The FIR has been registered at Bajghera, he is booked under sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and Section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on Wednesday, and the accused arrested soon after.

The head of Asmita, Pratibha Deepak Maheshwari, said, “The girl’s mother should also be interrogated as she allegedly kept quiet despite knowing the atrocity on her daughter for five long years. She is also guilty.”

The girl was brought to Gurgaon on Wednesday and sent for medical examination to Civil Hospital. During interrogation, the accused confessed and said he used to rape his daughter under the influence of alcohol. “The accused works as an AC mechanic. We will produce him in a city court on Thursday,” said inspector Shamsuddin, SHO, Bajghera police station.

Nowadays, the children are not safe even with their own parents. What punishment do you think should be given to this man? Please do share your valuable comments and suggestions on this serious issue.

SOURCE: TOI | CUTTING EDGE | GETTY IMAGES

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