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Colombian accused of raping daughter for decades

A Colombian woman has accused her father of raping her for more than 20 years and claims to have had eight children due to these rapes, local media reported, in a case recalling Austria's Josef Fritzl.

world Updated: Mar 30, 2009 08:37 IST

A Colombian woman has accused her father of raping her for more than 20 years and claims to have had eight children due to these rapes, local media reported, in a case recalling Austria's Josef Fritzl.

The daily El Pais de Cali has dubbed the alleged abuser Arsedio Alvarez, "the Monster of Mariquita," for the name of the family's home town in Tolima, in Colombia's southwest.

His daughter, Alba Alvarez, now 32, was said to have finally reported her father after he allegedly started abusing granddaughters.

The suspect has been questioned and detained, and claims he is innocent.

Alba Alvarez claims she had her first child at age 13, and said the abuse began after her mother died when she was five.

In the Austrian father-child sex abuse case, Fritzl was sentenced this month to life in prison for raping his daughter for 24 years, and for the murder of one of the seven children he allegedly had with her.

Bogota city councillor Gilma Jimenez said that the Colombian case was sadly not that unusual.

"In Austria, the country ground to a halt," she told Radio Caracol.