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‘I thought my son would mend his ways’

The grandfather of the 8-year-old girl allegedly raped by her father and four others for a year, said in his police statement that he got his son married a second time hoping he would improve, but the son allegedly tried to force his second wife into prostitution.

mumbai Updated: Nov 05, 2009 00:47 IST
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The grandfather of the 8-year-old girl allegedly raped by her father and four others for a year, said in his police statement that he got his son married a second time hoping he would improve, but the son allegedly tried to force his second wife into prostitution.

Excerpts for the statement:
I have a daughter who is married and settled in Kerala. My elder son and his family are settled in Japan. My second son (the victim’s father) passed his Class 11, then pursued a technical course. He took a job in Cambodia in 2000, and fell in
love with his maid there. They married and had a daughter (the victim) in 2001.

Two years later, they divorced. A month later, he returned to India and started demanding money from me. He brought his daughter back to India after taking Rs 25,000 from me. He lived on the streets at Four Bungalows, Andheri (W), where he forced the girl to beg. Then I took them to my Kandivli home and got the girl admitted to a local school.

He would come drunk every day and assault my wife. In 2008, I got him remarried, thinking he’d mend his ways. He didn’t. He still came home drunk and beat up his mother, me and his second wife, whom he also tried to force into prostitution. She ran away.

This May, he beat up my wife and broke her hand. He left, took his daughter along, and lived at a friend’s home in a Kandivli slum. In June, my granddaughter (victim) phoned me saying her father was torturing her. I told her to go to the nearest police station. She went to Kandivli’s Laljipada police chowkie and asked them to take her to my house.

The police got her here and I took her to Kerala, to live with my daughter. That’s when the traumatised child stabilised and slowly narrated her plight to my daughter.

She called me up to inform me about the sexual abuse that had been going on. That’s when I lodged a complaint with the police.