The Sewri police arrested a 51-year-old man for raping his stepdaughter several times over the past year and impregnating her. The 15-year-old girl alleged that her father would offer her soft drinks mixed with sedatives. After she felt dizzy and fell unconscious, he would rape her, said police.
Police said the girl lives with her mother and two younger brothers. Her biological father died when she was three years old. The accused, who works as a labourer, married her mother soon after. He would rape the girl when she was alone at home, said police.
“The man would take advantage of his wife and sons’ absence. When his wife left for work and his sons went to school, he would offer his stepdaughter soft drinks mixed with sedatives. When she fell unconscious, he would rape her. He even threatened her. She was reluctant to talk about her ordeal as she was afraid of him,” said an officer from the Sewri police station, who did not wish to be identified.
The incident came to light when the girl started complaining of stomach pains. Initially, her mother would massage her stomach and put her to bed. However, after she complained that the pain had increased, her mother took her to a local hospital. Tests revealed that she was three-and-a-half months pregnant.
The girl and her mother approached the Sewri police, who registered a case against the father.
“A team was dispatched and the accused was arrested,” said an officer.
The accused was booked under sections 367 (rape) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc., with intent to commit an offence) of the Indian Penal Code. He was produced in court and remanded in judicial custody.