Three instances of fathers allegedly raping their minor daughters were reported from across Madhya Pradesh in 24 hours, police said on Tuesday, including the case of a 16-year-old girl who said she was sexually abused for 10 years before breaking her silence.
Police in Satna town arrested a 45-year-old man on Tuesday on charges of raping his 12-year-old daughter, who was at home with her younger sister while their mother and other siblings were away at work. The man, who returned from work drunk, sent one of his daughters to the market and raped the other on Monday.
He warned the victim against complaining about the rape but she told her mother when she came home. The two then filed a complaint with police.
Investigation officer Shobha Namdeo told Hindustan Times on phone that the accused had confessed to the crime.
"The medical report has confirmed the rape. The girl's condition is stable and she has been discharged from the hospital after treatment," she said.
In the second incident, a 40-year-old man was arrested in Gohad town of Bhind district on Monday for allegedly raping his 16-year-old daughter. He had been allegedly raping his daughter almost daily for 10 years, police said.
The victim told reporters her mother had died when she was just two years old. She said she lived with her maternal grandparents for about two years before her father, an alcoholic, brought her home and started sexually abusing her shortly after.
"Whenever I objected, he used to threaten to kill me and my grandmother," she said. On Monday afternoon, the accused beat up the victim and her grandmother when they objected to his behaviour. Later, the victim informed her neighbours, who took her to Gohad police station.
The third incident was reported from Tikamgarh district, where a 40-year-old man allegedly raped his daughter for more than two to three months before an FIR was filed against him on Tuesday. The 10-year-old victim in Tikamgarh had lost her mother early in her childhood. An aunt and an anganwadi worker helped her report the crime to police.