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Mumbai Horror: Man Arrested For Raping 11-Year-Old Daughter, Case Under POCSO

Mumbai man rapes daughter: streets, schools, now homes. Can the girls of India not find safety anywhere at all?

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Mumbai man rapes daughter: A man was arrested in Mumbai's Andheri for allegedly raping his daughter, reports said Tuesday. The 38-year-old has been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since the girl was an 11-year-old minor.

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A 38-year-old man has been arrested from Mumbai's Andheri for allegedly raping his 11-year-old daughter. An FIR was registered against him under sections 376 & 377 of IPC and POCSO Act at Andheri Police Station on May 23: Mumbai Police

— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2021 reported that the matter came to light earlier this week and a First Information Report (FIR) against the man was registered on Sunday, May 23, at Andheri police station.

Public spaces, streets, even schools and homes: Is safety not guaranteed to girls anywhere in India? With every area possessing capacity for brute violence and sexual assault against them, where do our country's girls go to live? More importantly, how must one go on living in such a reality?

Mumbai Man Rapes Daughter, Incident Sheds Light Anew On Safety Compromise At Homes

That a young girl was raped by her father, as reported, isn't a one-off incident. In a country where reportedly every 15 minutes a rape happens, ample reports augment the fact that safety at homes is often compromised. A report we did last year detailed how, during the coronavirus pandemic, the pandemic of rape had failed to cease.

National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data from 2018 claims that every fourth victim of rape in India was a minor while in 94 percent cases, the assailant was known to the victim. In 2019, the total crime rate against women increased from 58.8 to 62.4 percent.

Earlier this year in March, a 65-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping his daughter and minor granddaughter. In shocking details revealed to the court, the woman alleged her father had been sexually assaulting her since she was 15.

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