The Malwani police on Friday arrested the father of a minor for allegedly sexually assaulting her. The girl had been going through the agony since January 2012 but had kept quiet due to her father’s threats.
An officer said, “The victim was being sexually assaulted whenever she was alone at home with him. He had threatened to harm her and her mother if she ever dared complain.”
It all came out in the open after she broke down in school, following the last incident of assault on September 20. Her teachers asked her what was going on, after which she confided in them. They then helped her approach the police and lodge a complaint.
The 50-year-old accused has been charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Both the victim and the accused were sent for a medical examination.
The Std VIII student lives in Malwani with her parents and two brothers. She also has an elder sister, who is married. Her father worked as a daily-wage labourer, while her mother is a domestic help.