The 16-year-old girl, who was molested by a drunken, off-duty conductor aboard a government-run cluster bus en route a children's home on Saturday evening, was allegedly being sexually assaulted by her own elder brother for over three years.
The victim, a resident of west Delhi's Raghubir Nagar, made the shocking claim against her elder brother, 19, when she was produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) after her latest ordeal. Her brother was arrested immediately.
"In her statement, she claimed that the brother had first raped her soon after their mother had passed away in 2009. After that, he would molest her whenever an opportunity to do so presented itself," said an officer.
The victim told police that he had gotten back to his dirty tricks almost immediately after she returned home from a children's shelter three months ago. He first sexually assaulted her on December 19 and subsequently on December 28.
She added that her brother's incestuous sexual advances were the reason behind the physical abuse that her 'new' stepmother was subjecting her to for months.
"After the death of her mother, her father had remarried. When she told her second mother about the sexual abuse by her brother, she brought it to her husband's notice but was asked to keep silent. This was the reason behind their separation," the officer said.
However, the victim's father had remarried almost immediately and this time, the woman who came home as her third mother not only ill-treated her, but was also the one who suggested that she seek shelter at a children's shelter.
On her way to a children's home in Lajpat Nagar on Saturday evening, she was molested by Ranjeet Singh on board a cluster bus running on the Khyala-Jal Vihar route.