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Stepfather booked for raping 6-year-old girl after her mother’s death

The 35-year-old labourer from Khabaria village in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh, was booked for rape under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

punjab Updated: Jul 27, 2017 10:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Police said the girl’s mother married the accused, her husband’s younger brother, after her husband’s death three years ago. She died six months ago.(Illustration: Aastha Mittal)

Barely a month after her mother’s death, a six-year-old girl was raped by her stepfather in Dhakoli town of Zirakpur.

The crime came to light on Wednesday when a neighbour called up the Childline Chandigarh helpline number 1098 and handed over a video footage of the crime to the team.

The 35-year-old labourer from Khabaria village in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh, was booked for rape under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Police said the girl’s mother married the accused, her husband’s younger brother, after her husband’s death three years ago. She died six months ago and the ordeal of her eldest daughter from the first marriage began a month later.

Childline director Col Ravi Bedi (retd) said, “I’m grateful to the caller for bringing the matter to our notice. I request others to stay vigilant and help Childline by reporting crime against children on toll-free number 1098.”

Acting on the tip-off, the helpline team met the victim and her three younger sisters. The two older girls were born out of the mother’s first marriage, while the two younger ones were from her second marriage to the accused.

The victim told the police that the sister younger to her and she were often beaten up and denied food. They begged for food and clothes. The accused, they said, is an alcoholic who sold off everything the family owned to buy liquor.

The child protection team of Mohali helped the Chandigarh helpline team in rescuing the girls. The Mohali child welfare officer sent the children to protective custody. The medical examination of the six-year-old will be conducted on Thursday.

First Published: Jul 27, 2017 10:22 IST