A 48-year-old man in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur district allegedly raped his minor daughter and murdered the child she conceived as a result, police said on Wednesday.
A newborn girl’s body was found in a pond in Urdmau village under Gadi Malahara police station area two months ago, and a case was registered against unknown persons. Investigation revealed that a 15-year-old girl, who left with her father to work in Jind, Haryana, was the mother of the child.
“We sent a police team to Haryana recently and brought back the father-daughter duo,” additional superintendent of police Neeraj Pandey said. “[The father], however, denied that the child [found] drowned in the village pond was born to his daughter.”
The girl spilled the beans after she was sat across from her father and questioned.
She said she was living alone with her father since her mother’s death and the marriages of her two siblings, and that she was repeatedly raped by him for two years. She also said the child she conceived because of being raped was brutally murdered by her father in January.
He then took his daughter to Haryana, where he continued to rape her.
The accused was arrested on Tuesday and booked for rape, murder and concealment of birth by secret disposal of body, Pandey told HT.