Father jailed for life for raping minor daughter for five years in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: A local court in Hyderabad that hears POSCO cases has sentenced a man to life for sexually assaulting his daughter for five years. In a judgement that was issued on October 15, the court also slapped him a fine of Rs 2,000 and simple imprisonment of six months for the criminal intimidation, besides the life imprisonment

The facts of the case are that the man repeatedly sexually harassed his minor daughter between 2011 and 2016 at their residence in Old Malakpet. However, the family reported the issue to police only in 2016.

According to investigators, the accused used to force himself on his daughter and had sexual intercourse with her at his residence. He would threaten her, saying that he will kill her mother and younger brother if she does not co-operate with him.

Spandana Sadasivuni, Legal Support Person, Bharosa Centre said, “The man used to rape his daughter since she was nine years old. When she asked the accused as to why he was doing it, he replied that every father does the same with their daughter. When the victim was brought to Bharosa two years back, she was mentally disturbed, and her vagina was severely damaged due to continuous rape. Today, she is out from the trauma and is pursuing her education.”

Initially, the girl was unaware of the fact. She repeatedly suffered pain in her stomach, and when her mother wanted to accompany her to the hospital, the father would refuse and take the minor to the hospital.

However, when she entered class IX, she learned about the reproductive system and realised the intensity of the terrible crime her father was committing on her. On 2016, she shared the matter with her teacher, who then disclosed it to the mother. Afterwards, a police case was booked. The conviction is the result of three years of investigation.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary ‘Still I Rise’, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad’s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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