Two sisters, aged 12 and 13, on Saturday approached Ghaziabad police officials and alleged that they were being harassed and subjected to sexual assault by their father for the past four years.
The two are girls are students at a government school in Ghaziabad and narrated their ordeal to their school teacher, who took them to police on Saturday.
Following a complaint from the girls, the police took their father into custody and booked him for rape and under the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The accused was later arrested and produced before a Ghaziabad court.
One of the girls allegedly told police that she was subjected to assault nearly four days back.
The family hails from Bihar and the accused works at an export company in Noida’s sector 65. The police officials said that the elder girl told her teacher that she has missed her menstrual cycle for two months and fears she might be pregnant.
The girls are students of classes seven and eight, respectively.
“Since the issue is of a serious nature, we will wait for the medical report to conclude whether the girl had any complication or not. They were sent for medical examination immediately after the complaint was received. Prima facie we found their allegations of exploitation by their father to be true after we questioned both of them separately. Both have given almost the same statements regarding their allegations. They approached their teacher on Saturday who in turn informed the police,” said Neeraj Singh, station house officer, Vijay Nagar.
Police said that the family lives in a small house under Vijay Nagar police station jurisdiction and their mother left home in 2007 allegedly due to frequent altercations with their father.
The girls will also be produced before a magistrate for recording their statements.
“Their mother has not returned since she left. Since they lived alone with the father and no relatives around, they restrained from informing the police. They often discussed the issue among themselves and even discussed where they will stay if their father is jailed. They have said that the father used to exploit them as all three slept in the same room. The accused has denied charges and claimed innocence,” Singh added.
The police said that since their father was sent to jail, the girls could be sent to a children’s home.