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Ludhiana horror: Sexually abused by father, victim says she was scared of returning home

The victim, a Class-8 student, said she decided to speak up against the abuse after her father started sexually abusing her 10-year-old younger sister too.

punjab Updated: Feb 17, 2018 15:35 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
Deepa Sharma Sood
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
rape,sexual abuse,Ludhiana
People say girls are more attached to their fathers but me and my sister are scared of him, said the 14-year-old.(Representative image)

Tears rolled down the eyes of the 14-year-old girl while narrating her ordeal of having suffered years-long sexual assault at the hands of her father and as how she was simply scared of returning home from her school.

The accused (41), a factory worker, was arrested on Tuesday after the girl informed her school principal about her ordeal. The victim, a Class-8 student, said she decided to speak up against the abuse after her father started sexually abusing her 10-year-old younger sister too.

“He sexually abuses me after I return from school or whenever I have a school holiday. When I with my sister reach home from school at 3pm, he too arrives and takes me to another room, only to abuse me for hours. Then he gives me Rs 50 and Rs 100 every time and asks me to keep mum,” she said.

‘I decided to save my sister from torture’

“I decided to save my sister from the torture which I underwent for at least four years. People say girls are more attached to their fathers but we are scared of him,” said the 14-year-old.

The 10-year-old, a Class-5 student, said she was assaulted for the first time on January 26 and her father asked her to apply ointment on his back but when she refused he locked her in the room.

She said, “I was home as my sister had gone to the Guru Nanak Stadium for the January 26 celebrations. He sexually abused me for 15-20 minutes and then allowed me to move out.”

‘My mother knew about abuse’

The 14-year-old had said she had told their mother knew about the abuse but she did not do anything. The accused’s wife, also a factory worker, said, “My daughter told me that their father teases her and I started keeping an eye but I never felt that my husband is doing something wrong with them. I leave home at 8am and return around 7pm.”

Sahnewal police on Wednesday took both the victims to the civil hospital for medical examination and they were produced in a local court . Judicial magistrate Manpreet Kaur recorded their statements under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and handed the victims to their mother.

The two girls were sent to a welfare shelter on Tuesday after their father was arrested. The matter was taken up with the legal authorities after the principal contacted the local child line director and police.

First Published: Feb 15, 2018 20:12 IST