Humanity cried again. In Morena district of Madhya Pradesh, a 45- year old father allegedly raped his daughter. His wife reportedly helped him and watched the ordeal. The man allegedly raped his daughter to teach her a lesson for having a relationship with a local youth. The survivor’s sister rescued her.

The accused who is a retired School Education Department Officer along with his wife have denied the charges. The survivor is a 18-year old girl, youngest of the three daughters of the man. This report says she was raped twice by his father within 16 days of COVID-19 lockdown. The police had arrested the accused and his wife after the preliminary inquiry as stated by a police officer Avinash Bansal to IndiaTv.

She was first allegedly raped was on March 26 around 2 p.m. At this instance, the survivor was working in the kitchen from where she was grabbed by her father. She was then forcefully tied to the bed and the onlooking mother stuffed a piece of cloth in her mouth. Consequently, she was raped by her father on the pretext that “things would be less difficult and painful after marriage once she gets prone to this”. (एक बार बेटी को इसकी आदत हो जाये तो शादी के बाद इसे कम तकलीफ/दर्द होगा)

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On April 10, her father took her back home from her aunt’s place where she was hiding from her family. He allegedly raped again. She narrated her agony to her elder sister who finally rescued her. The elder sister called 1098, toll free number operated by Crime against Women Cell. Subsequently, the police recorded the statement and arrested the accused.

Morena SP Asit Yadav told Times of India, “We have detained the couple following her complaint. Her statement would be recorded before the magistrate”. He added, “Parents have a different version. We will have to seize corroborative evidences including the clothes she has worn on the day she was raped.”

The collector of Morena district, Priyanka Das said, ” The incident of teacher raping his own daughter is shameful” in a TV interview.

Many more instances of rape have been recorded in different parts of the country since lock-down for COVID-19 was imposed. Domestic abuse has surged. NCW data shows in first three months of lockdown the case of assault have gone up.

Simran Dhawan is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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