Two held for abusing their daughters

Two held for abusing their daughters

The awareness programmes being conducted by Child Line is helping children facing sexual abuse at homes gather strength and courage to speak up and report the matter. On Thursday, two cases of young girls allegedly being abused by their own fathers were reported, of which one happened through the programme. Sneha (name changed) was raped for nine years, and impregnated once, before she gathered the courage to report her father. The Guindy all-women police station on Wednesday arrested the parents of the 16-year-old. The girl, who is studying in Class-XI at a private school in the city, spoke about her trauma at an awareness programme on sexual abuse conducted by the Child Line.    

The 48-year-old man works as a car driver, say the police. His wife is a tailor and works from home. The couple have two children. The victim told us her father first raped her when she was seven. She immediately informed her mother, but she asked her not to talk about it to anyone. The police claim the victim’s mother was aware of the sexual abuse. But she was too scared to tell anyone as her husband used to abuse her as well. He had threatened her not to tell anybody, the officer added. The man had physically abused her apart from raping her with foreign objects.

The abuse continued for nine years, till the girl became pregnant last year. The mom provided her abortion pills, claim the police. “Unable to take it any further, she spoke about it at the awareness programme.