Father held for ‘raping’ daughters

Staff Reporter

Uncle, cousins also arrested for assaulting the minor girls residing in a jhuggi

NEW DELHI: Two minor girls who had lost their mother six years ago were allegedly being repeatedly criminally assaulted by their father, uncle and two cousins over the past year and a half. The Lodhi Colony police on Saturday arrested all the four accused in the case and sent the two victims to a shelter home along with their two younger brothers and a sister.

The police said the two victims, aged 10 and 12 years, used to reside in a jhuggi cluster. Six years ago they had lost their mother and thereafter the girls were residing with their father, who used to sell clothes on a cart. About one and a half years ago, the man allegedly began physically abusing his daughters. Thereafter his brother too joined in the crime. Subsequently, two cousins of the victims -- one of whom was himself a minor -- also started assaulting them.

The matter came to light after the girls could no longer take the assault. On January 19, the elder girl reported the matter to her school teacher who called the father and reprimanded him. The man reportedly apologised for his conduct and said he would not repeat the crime.

However, when on Friday, the younger victim again complained to the school teacher that her father and her cousin attempted to assault her, the teacher this time informed the police about the macabre crime.

On the complaint of the younger victim, the police arrested all the four accused. The elder victim was found missing from the house and was later traced by the police. The medical examination of both the victims confirmed sexual assault. The incident has also led to a complete break up of the family as the two victims and their younger siblings have been sent to separate shelter homes.

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