Father of a 16-year-old student of class VIII was arrested and sent to judicial custody Sunday for raping his daughter twice and threatening the victim and her mother of dire consequences in case they tried to approach the police.
Accused Ranchhodbhai Panchal, a resident of Ajwa Road locality in Vadodara, allegedly raped his daughter on the night of February 1, and again on October 20 at their residence, the FIR stated.
The victim and her mother could not dare approach the police because Panchal threatened to kill them. A day after being raped for the second time, the victim contacted the Child Helpline number and detailed her ordeal, upon which a child rescue team took the victim to the Panigate police station where she lodged her complaint.
Detailing her ordeal in the FIR, the victim stated that on the night of February 1, her father tried to persuade her to sleep with her. When she refused to do so, he beat her up and forced her to sleep by his side. Then at around 12 that night, he raped her. When she talked about this with her mother, she requested her not to say this to anybody.
For the second time, on October 20, when the victim was preparing to go out to play Garba with her friends during Navratri, her father asked her to stay back and sleep by her side. When she instead slept by the side of her mother, Panchal also forced himself on the bed and raped her. When her mother opposed, he threatened to kill both of them. On the next morning, she called up Child Helpline number, and approached the police with the help of volunteers.
Panchal was booked under sections 376, 323, and 514 of the Indian Penal Code, and section 5(L)(M) and 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. He was arrested and sent to judicial custody, police said.