Raped by dad for 16 years, survivor fights back to save sister
Published : Wednesday, 21 August, 2019 at 3:32 PM Count : 401
Lucknow (India): She was repeatedly raped by her father for 16 years, got pregnant several times but her mother gave her contraceptives. She had resigned to fate but when she came to know that her father has started sexually abusing her younger sister, the survivor mustered courage and approached the police.
The 44-year-old accused, booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 of India, on charges of raping and sexually abusing his two daughters, is on the run while his wife (42) has been arrested for abetting the crime, Times Of India reports.
The two survivors have recorded their statements before a magistrate. The 22-year-old survivor could come out of the hell within her own house and save her 14-year-old sister with the help of Asha Jyoti Kendra, which she approached on August 11. On Sunday, members of the Aasha Jyoti Kendra, with the help of police, rescued the survivors from their house.
The complainant went back home while her sister was sent to government shelter home as she is a minor. SHO Sachin Singh said the father had been booked for rape, causing miscarriage without a woman’s consent and criminal intimidation, and also under the POCSO Act.
Archana Singh, in charge of Asha Jyoti Kendra, said the survivor told her that she was being raped since the tender age of six. “Her mother knew about it all along and used to give her contraceptives and medicines to abort pregnancies. She told me that she had accepted the torture as her destiny but could not tolerate it when her father started molesting her younger sister,” Singh added.
“The younger survivor told us that her father had been molesting her for the last three years but every time her elder sister intervened and saved her from being raped. Recently, their father became more aggressive and even started writing them sexually explicit letters,” she added.
“The complainant said that their two brothers (aged 18 and 8 years), the tenant in their house and some of their relatives knew about the actions of her father but no one opposed it. Finally, she mustered courage and narrated everything to her principal who then asked her to contact Asha Jyoti,” Singh said.
(The victim's identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy)