A local court on Friday sentenced a Jalandhar-based couple along with a pimp to seven-year rigorous imprisonment for forcing their daughter into prostitution, besides imposing Rs 30,000 fine each on them.
The convicts are the victim's stepfather and mother, residents of New Rattan Nagar in Jalandhar, and a pimp, Mohit, a resident of Patiala.
The case pertains to March last year. Earlier, the victim's mother had divorced her father and got married to another man.
The two pushed the victim into prostitution for money. The girl, who was 17 at the time of filing the complaint, has five siblings.
On March 27 last year, she was brought to Ambala from Jalandhar. After making payment to her parents, Mohit took her in a car to a hotel in Sector 3 of Panchkula. She was then taken to a flat in Zirakpur where she was allegedly gang-raped.
She then filed a police complaint the next day. She told the court that her friend, a resident of Yamunanagar, encouraged her to register the case. She said he wanted her to come out of prostitution.
Victim's testimony in court
The victim in her statement accused her parents of forcing her into prostitution for Rs 60,000 a week. In her statement, she informed as how she used to be injected with drugs before sex work, which continued for about a year against her wishes.
She was even shown her nude pictures by the counsel for the accused. She agreed that the pictures were hers but told the court she did not know who clicked them as she was drugged.
The victim is presently living in a shelter home in Panchkula. She also told the court that she was forcefully married off but she left her in-laws' house after two days of marriage.