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Stepfather gets 20 years jail for sexual assault of minor

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
By Bhavna Uchil

He also insisted on her working in blue films; the incident came to light when the girl attempted suicide

A 46-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment by a special court for sexually assaulting his 13-year-old stepdaughter on two occasions in 2012 and 2013.

The incident had come to light in 2013 when the girl had attempted suicide by drinking phenyl as her stepfather, apart from having sexually assaulted her on two occasions, was even pestering her to act in blue films to earn money. After the second incident of sexual assault, she had missed her menstrual cycle. The fear of being pregnant had also compelled her to take the extreme step.

When the girl had complained about inappropriate sexual advances by her stepfather and incidents of sexual assaults, to her mother soon after they took place, her mother had refused to believe her and had also beaten her instead.

While the girl used to go to her maternal grandmother's house to escape the situation at home, her grandmother used to send her back home as the girl had not told her grandmother about the sexual assaults.

The girl's mother had married the stepfather after her first husband had deserted her as well as the girl, who was then just a toddler. While the girl had been staying with her grandmother till the age of ten, her mother had taken her away from the grandmother to stay with herself, the stepfather and seven-year-old stepbrother. The incidents started taking place two years after the victim started living in her new home.

The court ordered the stepfather to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 out of which Rs. 40,000 will be paid to the girl as compensation. Additionally, the district legal services authority has also been directed to pay adequate compensation to her.

The stepfather, a daily-wage worker, was convicted for the offences of rape of a person below 12 years of age, assaulting or using criminal force with intent of outraging modesty, criminal intimidation and under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences  (POCSO) Act.

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