A special Mumbai court under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) on Thursday sent a man and his two friends to 20 years in prison for gang raping his minor daughter for over two months. The case was registered in 2018.
WHAT IS THE CASE?
On June 23, 2018, a mother of a 15-year-old registered a report at the Wadala TT police station that her daughter had been kidnapped.
The girl was found 17 days later at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus by members of the Childline India Foundation and taken to a remand home in Dongri. There the girl revealed that she had dropped out of school two years ago and her father was behind bars in another case.
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She said that while the father was away, her mother had developed a relationship with another man and when her father had come out, her parents fought frequently.
On April 1, 2018, her father had come drunk and forced her to drink a sedated cold drink. After she woke up, she found out that her father had raped her. Later, he brought two of his friends and they took turns at raping her twice or thrice a week. This went for at least two months.
The girl finally told her mother who was away with the other man but she refused to believe her. Afterwards, the girl decided to run away from her home.
An FIR was registered based on the girl’s statements and the accused men were arrested. The investigating officer also listed the mother as an accused in the case because she had not taken any action in the matter. However, the mother absconded at the time of filing the chargesheet.
A separate offence was registered against her mother after she approached her daughter and asked her not to implicate the father.
Special judge SC Jadhav, while announcing the sentence said, “The facts of the case constitute a heinous offence which does not deserve any leniency.”
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