Some residents of Malvani,Malad west,on Sunday took it upon themselves to punish a man who allegedly sexually abused his daughter over the past four years. The 40-year-old man was arrested by the police after residents blackened his face and assaulted him before handing him over to them.
The Malvani police filed a case of molestation against the accused. The eldest daughter of the suspect,who told the police that she had been abused for the past four years,also said in her complaint that the accused had threatened to kill her.
Police said the suspect,who works for a private firm,has four children three daughters and a son. Senior police inspector A Shaikh said the accused was brought to the police station by residents on Sunday morning after they caught him allegedly sneaking into his brother-in-laws house and trying to rape his own daughter. The girl,now 18 years old,screamed for help and her mother and neighbours nabbed the accused.
The girl told the police that in November 2009 when her mother and siblings had gone to their hometown in Varanasi,she had stayed back with her father as she was preparing for her exams. One night he came home drunk and asked me to strip. I was scared but could not protest. My father then molested me and threatened that if I tell my mother he would kill me and my siblings, the girl told The Indian Express.
On her return,I had tried to tell my mother about the molestation but she was stressed as her father had just died. I did not want to add to her stress. I did tell her a few months ago but she did not believe me and told me not to talk about my father in this manner, the girl said. I want him to die, she said on Sunday in front of her mother and investigating officers.
Police officers investigating the case said three months ago,the girl reportedly told her mother once again about the continuing sexual abuse by her father,after which her mother confronted him. He told my mother that he would keep doing it and that we would not be able to do anything to stop him, the girl said.
The police said the mother then went to stay with her mother and brother,along with her children. While the accused lives in a chawl in Malvani,his brother-in-laws home is barely a 15-minute walk away. He allegedly abused the girl in her uncles home on earlier occasions. The man still did not stop sexually abusing the girl. He threatened her and made her co-operate, added Shaikh. The girl has said the man had molested her but not raped her. We have sent the girl for a medical examination. But as the incident happened in November,it will not show in the report.