In a horrific incident reported from Thane, Maharashtra, a father and son duo has been given a 10-year sentence for raping their minor mentally challenged daughter for years. According to reports, the victim was subjected to assault and rape since 2017 when she was barely 15 years old. The father-son duo was sentenced 10-year rigorous imprisonment by a special POCSO court.

According to reports, the incident was brought to the authorities’ attention when the girl became pregnant and her neighbours helped her file a complaint against the father and son at the Kongaon police station, Bhiwandi.

Kavita D. Shirbhate, special POCSO court, in her order slapped a fine of Rs. 5,000 on both the accused and pronounced them guilty of multiple offences under the sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Reportedly, the accused – 52-year-old father and his 25-year-old son – raped the victim at their Bhiwandi residence since 2017 and had continued to do so till the victim got the support of neighbour.

In her order, the special POCSO court judge said that that all the charges against the accused were proven successfully without a reasonable doubt and the duo was convicted and sentenced.

The Facts of the Matter

In what could make a person’s skin crawl with disgust and horror, a father-son duo in Thane was recently found guilty of raping their minor daughter for years. As horrific and concerning the matter is, what makes it equally shocking is that the victim was mentally challenged and was given assistance by neighbours in filing the report against the father and son daughter.

Accused Duo – 52-yr-old Father and 25-yr-old Son

According to reports, the father and son are given a sentence of rigorous 10-year-punishment and a fine of Rs. 5,000 each on father and accused has been imposed. The 52-year-old father and his 25-year-old son raped the mentally challenged daughter on multiple instances.

Victim Was Raped Since 2017, Became Pregnant

The victim was first subjected to hellish horrors in 2017 when she was barely 15-year-old Since 2017 the mentally challenged victim was raped on numerous occasions by the father-son duo. It was only recently that the girl became pregnant due to being exploited by her own kins. Soon neighbours of the victims assisted her into filing a complaint against the two accused at the Kongaon police station, Bhiwandi, Thane.

Accused Arrested, Sentenced Passed

Following the report being filed, the accused were arrested. Over the course of the trial, as many as nine witnesses were examined and a case against the accused was bolstered. While passing order, Special POCSO judge Kavita D. Shirbhate said that the prosecution had proved all the charges against the accused without a reasonable doubt, and hence the duo was sentenced and convicted.

Marginalized Mentally-Challenged Woman Facing Sexual Abuse Horror

While the country is already registering a significant uptick in crimes against women, there’s a separate section of women that face the brunt of horrors more than anyone. This includes physically challenged and mentally challenged women, women belonging to marginalized communities, and elderly who may not be looked after a family.

Earlier this year, a minor mentally challenged girl was raped by a security guard in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area. The incident was brought to the fore when the victim complained about stomach ache and had to be taken to hospital. On preliminary checkup, it was revealed that the victim was pregnant.

In January 2022, a mentally challenged girl was found in a distressed state, bleeding profusely, and with her rectum displaced on an Alwar road.

In 2019, a mentally challenged 13-year-old girl was raped by a duo of scrap dealers for  a period of four-months.

 

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