A local court sentenced a 60-year- old man to three years simple imprisonment for outraging the modesty of his minor daughter.
Public prosecutor Sanjay Londhe, in his submission, told the court that the accused first molested his daughter after his return to India from Saudi Arabia in 2006. His daughter was then studying in class XII. He repeated the offence on several occasions when the victim was alone at home and continued it for nearly four years.
The victim’s mother was out of home regularly, visit doctors on account of ill-health. Her brothers, too, went out for work every day, he said. As a result, the girl was left alone with her father.
The accused was arrested in August, 2014, based on a complaint filed by his daughter, who mustered the courage to report the offence.
The prosecutor further told the court that the accused touched his daughter inappropriately and threatened her with dire consequences if she disclosed this to her mother or anyone else.
“After sometime, the accused forced the victim to have intercourse with him and threatened that if she did not fulfil his demand, he would stop her education. It was then she confided in her mother,” he said.
The judge observed that the accused used criminal force and outraged modesty of his daughter.
“He stripped his own daughter. It is a heinous offence. So, I answer point no.1 in the affirmative and hold the accused guilty of offence under section 354-B of IPC,” the court said.