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Sexual abuse of 6-year-old by uncle went on for 4 years: mother

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‘Family members thought the victim was possessed’

The accused, K. Syam Paul, who was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl, had been abusing the girl for four years and had haunted her even though she was shifted to different places, according to the police complaint lodged by the victim’s mother.

The exploitation of the UKG girl by the accused, who is her paternal uncle, had been going on since she was two years old but her complaints had been ignored by the other members of the family, the woman said.

“My brother-in-law (husband’s brother) used to take my daughter out and on return she used to complain of pain and irritation in private parts. Syam Paul took the girl several times to his house and also abused her in my home when we were away,” the mother alleged.

The family members used to defend the accused, an English teacher at Vakkalagadda village in Krishna district, saying that the girl was possessed by a ghost and was hence making false allegations against ‘her own uncle’, she said.

‘Haunted’

“As it was a sensitive matter I did not reveal it to anybody. My in-laws and husband did not believe my words when I explained the trauma of my daughter to them,” the mother said.

Though she shifted the family to three villages to protect the girl from the man, he followed them and abused her, she alleged.

“On September 12, I admitted my daughter to the hospital and through the staff I contacted the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) officials,” she said.

“The girl is undergoing treatment and will be produced before the Child Welfare Committee. The government will take care of her,” said WD&CW Project Director K. Krishna Kumari.

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