A 34-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison for raping his nine-year-old daughter and sexually assaulting his 12-year-old son in December 2011.
Principal District Judge K L Wadane also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on the man, a daily wage worker and resident of Karve Nagar.
A neighbour, who the boy approached after his father assaulted him, had contacted the police and the boy then registered a formal complaint. Subsequently, the man was arrested.
According to the prosecution, on the afternoon of Decemb
er 21, 2011, the man asked his daughter to accompany him to a market, saying he would buy her a pair of slippers. Instead, he took her to a desolate bridge and raped her. He also threatened her with dire consequences if she told anyone about the sexual assault.
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A few days later, the siblings approached a woman — who runs a beauty parlour in the neighbourhood — asking her to let them stay in her house, saying their father beat them up.
After the woman took them into confidence, the girl told her about the sexual assault. The boy also said his father had assaulted him sexually on several occasions.
The woman then took them to the nearby police station and a complaint was lodged.
The judge relied on the statement of the medical officer, who had examined the girl. In his judgement, Wadane said harsh punishment was required in the case as it would serve as deterrent to such heinous criminals.