In a shocking case, an electrician allegedly repeatedly raped his 13-year-old girl daughter for the past three months, impregnating her in the process, in Prem Nagar on Jassian Road.
The accused, Charanjit Singh (40), was arrested on Saturday.
The victim on Friday broke down and narrated the matter to her mother and aunt, who ferried her to Salem Tabri police station and lodged a complaint.
Following the statement of the victim's mother, the police registered a case under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 4 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act, against Singh.
The victim's mother told the police that she worked in a factory and used to leave for work every morning. Her 13-year-old daughter, who is a student of Class 7, used to take care of the house and her two younger siblings.
She said when she returned from work around 7.30 pm on Friday, she found her daughter crying. When she asked her, the girl revealed that her father had been raping her for the past three months and also impregnated her.
Sub-inspector Joginder Singh at Salem Tabri police station, said taking swift action, the police arrested the accused, and took the victim for a medical examination to the civil hospital to confirm pregnancy.
The case comes in the backdrop of the arrest of a 23-year-old married man for allegedly raping a two-year-old girl.
A neighbour of the victim, Gobind Paswan is father to a month-old girl, and works as a driver with the contractor of a canteen at Punjab Agricultural University. He had reportedly confessed to the crime.
After raping and dumping the victim on Jassian Road, the accused had come back and started living normally to avert the attention of the police.
The victim has been admitted to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. She underwent a surgery and is recovering now. She was abducted on September 9 and traced on September 10.
After the case was highlighted by the media, the police had interrogated around 70 people who lived in the slums or used to visit slums.
Before Paswan's arrest on Tuesday, three other cases of rape were reported in the city within three days.
A priest was arrested on Monday for trying to rape a six-year-old girl in Shimlapuri area. The accused, Arvinder Singh (32), took the girl to a room in the shrine, where he tried to rape her.
The incident came to fore when the vicitm's mother came looking for her daughter and saw the accused trying to rape her. As she raised an alarm, the area residents gathered there and nabbed the accused. He was booked under sections 376 (rape) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the IPC.
On Sunday, a factory worker was arrested for allegedly raping his hearing-impaired co-worker in Sahnewal. The accused took the 20-year-old married woman to a secluded place in the factory on some pretext and raped her. In the meantime, some workers turned up at the spot and saw the accused, Mandal Yadav, committing the crime.
Earlier on late Saturday night, a Class-12 student was raped near Samrala. The 17-year-old victim, a resident of Malmajra village near Samrala, was abducted by Charanpreet Singh (22) of Sangatpura village, and later raped at an isolated place. The victim narrated the incident to her parents, who then approached the Samrala police, who arrested the accused.