Police in Noida have arrested a 35-year-old man for raping his 12-year-old daughter, whose desperate cries for help went unnoticed even by her mother, who slept in the same room.
A report by Hindustan Times said that the incident took place in the Phase 3 area of Noida as the drunk father brutalised his own daughter after returned hom at around 1 am on Friday. The Noida Police have not revealed his name to protect the identity of the victim.
“We arrested the accused on Friday afternoon under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 3 and 4 of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for rape, after the victim’s mother registered a complaint. The girl’s medical examination has been completed and the result is awaited,” Phase 3 station house officer Akhilesh Tripathi was quoted as saying.
The vitim was sleeping with her mother and two young brothers, aged 9 and 12, when her father arrived after his regular drinking session. He gagged and raped his daughter to ensure that her cries could not be heard by her mother, sleeping next to her in the room.
Originally from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, the family had moved to Noida around nine years ago. “My husband is used to drinking. He works in the same garment factory as I do but attends duty only four days a week. That night, we were all sleeping on the floor, while my husband was on the bed as he was heavily drunk. Later, he picked up the boys from the floor and made them sleep on the bed,” the victim’s mother was quoted by Times of India.
The following morning, said the mother, she saw her daughter bleeding. The victim reportedly told her that her father had brought her to the cot last night and raped her.
The father has now been booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 and 4 of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The cops, meanwhile, are also probing the mother’s role into the act. They are perplexed as to how the child’s cry could not be heard by her even though she slept next to them in the same room.