In a case of incestuous rape that has shaken the city; the Mumbai police have arrested a mother and her two sons. While the younger daughter was raped by her two brothers for the past two months, the elder sister who too is a minor was raped for the last four years, the police said. What is shocking is that the mother silenced the girls by inflicting injuries on them when they complained about their sexual abuse.
The ordeal of the girls came to light last week when the younger victim approached a local social activist who lived in her neighbourhood in Wadala in Central Mumbai. While she was narrating her trauma her elder sister eavesdropped into their conversation and confided in the neighbour that she too was being abused for the past four years. The neighbour immediately rushed to the Wadala police station and lodged a complaint. Acting on the complaint the police arrested the trio.
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Suhas Garud, Senior Inspector, Wadala TT said that the brothers have been arrested under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act (POCSO) and for gang rape under the Indian Penal Code. The mother has been arrested for negligence as she failed to act on it despite knowing about the crime.
“The mother was in cahoots with her sons and had threatened the girls of dire consequences when they complained to her about the torture. She even used to inflict burn injuries on the girls. The medical examination of the younger sibling pointed out that the girl had sustained burn injuries on her cheeks and a hand recently. When we inquired with the victim she told us that the mother had branded her with an iron rod just a week ago,” a police officer told The Indian Express.
The victims have eight other siblings including the two accused brothers. The family stays in a slum colony in Wadala. While the father works as a butcher at the Denoar abattoir, the mother is a housewife.
In the complaint the elder sister who is 17-years-old now has alleged that her two brother s aged 21 and 19 respectively started sexually abusing her when she was 13-years old. She was threatened by the duo and hence for one year she did not speak about the crime to her mother. A year later when the girl mustered courage and spoke to her mother, she was silenced into submission by being branded with hot iron bars. This torture then became a routine and the elder sister submitted herself to the sexual abuse. Around two months ago the accused started raping the younger victim. She too was repeatedly branded with hot iron bars by her mother whenever she complained. Last week the girl approached the neighbour and got the accused arrested.