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Ludhiana man booked after adopted daughter accuses him of rape

The victim told police that on Sundays, her ‘new parents’ forced her to go to a room with unknown men.

punjab Updated: Aug 05, 2018 12:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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In a shocking case, an adopted 11-year-old girl has accused her father of raping her for months and pushing her into prostitution.

Based on the complaint, the police registered a case of rape against the accused. His wife was also booked under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. Both were arrested late Friday evening.

The accused worked as a security guard at an amusement park in Ludhiana. The victim alleged that her father raped her two months after she was adopted in July last year. She told police that on Sundays, her ‘new parents’ forced her to go to a room with unknown men.

The matter came to light on Friday after the victim, a student of Class 6, narrated her ordeal to her school principal.

The 11-year-old had not been coming to the school for last two days and on Friday told one of her classmates about her ordeal, who advised her to speak to the principal. The principal on being informed, she called on the Childline helpline and Navchetna team (a social organisation of government teachers). Later, the police were alerted.

“She told me that every Sunday, some outsiders came over to her place and raped her. And if she refused, she was beaten up with sticks. Her mother used to get her ready for the customers and make her sit in a room. The girl has also named her grandfather who doesn’t live with them but she said he also raped her,” the principal told police. “The girl was often absent on Mondays,” the principal added.

Ladhowal police station SHO inspector Varinderpal Singh said the girl’s parents did not have any child of their own. “The police also summoned the woman through whom the girl was allegedly adopted,” Singh said. The inspector added that the police were investigating into girl’s allegations of prostitution and her grandfather raping her. “More names will be added to FIR after probe,” the SHO said.

Kuldeep Mann, head of the Childline Helpline, Ludhiana, said they were checking if the girl was legally adopted or sold for money. The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) sent the girl to Niksham Sewa Ashram.

First Published: Aug 04, 2018 13:17 IST

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