Repeatedly raped by her stepfather for over an year,a 15-year-old girl got pregnant. Her mother and a woman neighbour then took the girl to a private clinic and got her three-month old foetus aborted. The incident came to light late on Thursday following which the police arrested four persons including the girls mother,step-father,neighbour and the doctor who performed the abortion.
The incident took place in Shital Nagar area of Rohtak district in Haryana. According to the police,a woman Poorna was staying in a rented accommodation with second husband Asha Ram and her 15-year-old daughter from her first marriage. Asha Ram and Poorna used to work as labourers,while the girl used to look after two-room accommodation,which they shared with another family.
As per the preliminary investigation Asha Ram had been allegedly raping the girl for the last over an year. When the girl told her mother that she was pregnant,the woman and a neighbour,Omi Devi,took her to Dr Seemas clinic at Sunaria Chowk in Rohtak four days ago and got the abortion done. Poorna reportedly paid Rs 3000 to Dr Seema for the operation.
After getting a tip off the police conducted a raid at Asha Rams residence last night and found the victim doing household chores. On being interrogated by a police team led by Inspector Sunita Devi,the girl broke down and said that she was being exploited by her step-father for the last one year and underwent an abortion.
After a medical examination confirmed that she had underwent an abortion four days ago,the police admitted her to Rohtaks Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences. Her mother,neighbour and the doctor were arrested last night and were produced in the court Friday and sent to judicial custody.
Prime accused Asha Ram was nabbed this morning and will be produced in the court Saturday. We have registered a case against the accused on charges of rape,criminal intimidation,causing miscarriage without womans consent and criminal conspiracy at Shivaji Colony police station, said Sub-Inspector Harnarain Rathi,investigating officer of the case.
From questioning the accused,it appears that the victims mother was aware of the crime being committed by her husband, one of the investigating officers said.