The court of district and sessions judge RK Sondhi, on Wednesday, held a father guilty of repeatedly raping his daughter over the years.
On August 9, 2013, the 19-year-old victim got a case registered against her father Uma Shankar, 45, a resident of Fatehpur village in Sector 20, Panchkula. As per the girl's statement, her father had raped her first about 7-8 years ago. At that time, she did not have any knowledge of the gravity of the crime, she had claimed. The victim stated that her mother was sleeping when the incident had taken place. She claimed that her father had told her not to tell about the incident to anyone.
The victim alleged that Uma Shankar had raped her every month whenever his wife had gone outside for work.
The victim told the police that in the past 3-4 years, she got conscious of the crime but could not tell anyone as she was afraid. She alleged that her father had told her not to reveal it anyone otherwise he would kill her. She also alleged that her father had beaten her too.
The victim claimed that last time she was raped in November 2013 when she was alone at home. Though she was threatened not to reveal about it, but she complained to her mother.
She further alleged that 2-3 days too, before registration of the case, her father tried to rape her again but she escaped.
Her statement, before the police, was recorded in the presence of district legal services authority panel advocates Shailendar Kaur and Manbir Singh Rathi. The victim's statement, before the magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC, was also recorded.
However, during the trial, taking a U-turn, the victim along with her mother refuted their allegations and turned hostile. But DLSA advocates stood by their statements. The victim has five siblings- two sisters and three brothers and their family hails from Uttar Pradesh. They were living in a rented accommodation of Panchkula mayor Upinder Kaur Walia's house when the case was registered.