When she turned 14, her father called her aside with the ominous prediction that it was time for her to ‘learn about the human body.’ For the next 12 years, the fiendish father raped his daughter at regular intervals. When his wife intervened, both mother and daughter would be locked up and left to starve.
When the woman conceived a child from the repeated rape eight years ago, he took her to hospital for the delivery and cooked up the name of an absentee father. The man, now 50, even chopped off her locks to give locals the impression that she was mentally imbalanced, and made sure that she never married.
The young 26-year-old woman’s horrifying ordeal finally came to an end on Tuesday, when a social worker from the Mahila Dakshta Samiti chanced upon her bruised and traumatised mother and insisted on knowing what had happened. Asked about the circumstances that led to her bruises, the woman broke down and confided in the social worker that her husband had been sexually assaulting her elder daughter since she was a teenager. He had prevented his daughter’s marriage and raped her on a regular basis, till she conceived, she revealed.
Acting on the information, a team of police officers rushed to the woman’s house and arrested the man. They rescued the woman and her mother, who had been locked up in a room. In course of their investigations, the police also made the equally shocking discovery that the man had bought a 14-year-old girl from Agra and held her captive in another room in Malwani. The cops raided the room and rescued the girl. The monster dad has now been booked for rape, and for confining three women, as well as under sections of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses Act.
The 26-year-old woman told the police that when she turned 14, her father convinced her that she needed to ‘learn about the human body’. He started raping her at regular intervals. When his wife protested, he thrashed her and locked both in, forcing them to starve. The fiendish father never allowed his daughter to get married. When she conceived his child, he took her to Bhagwati Hospital for the delivery, and cooked up a name for the father. The child is now eight years old.
According to the police, the victim had stoically suffered the ordeal for years, but could not bear the thought of her sister being subjected to the same atrocities. Six months ago, she had even fixed her sister’s marriage in hope to send her away, but was afraid that her father would tell her prospective in-laws about his antics to ensure that the marriage fell through.
When the activist chanced upon the woman’s traumatised mother on Tuesday, the woman begged for their intervention and help, as she was desperate for an end to the ordeal. “We have arrested the man and are investigating the case. The woman and the 14-year-old girl from Agra have been sent for medical examination,” said PI Bhaskar Sawant from the Malwani police station.
In some instances, there may be a personality derangement (anti-social personality disorder) and poor moral and ethnical value system because of unstable upbringing. Sometimes it happens if the person is under the influence of drugs and alcohol which cause disinhibition. - Dr Hozefa A Bhinderwala, consulting psychiatrist attached to Global Hospital
Such assaults also result from the father’s urge to impose authority upon the daughter by physically abusing her. Such form of sexual assault, where the girl’s own father is involved, is quite common all over the world. In such cases, it is also about the father gratifying his own needs and usually takes place several times. The father looks at it as a way of gaining authority. - Dr Anshu Kulkarni, consultant psychiatrist at Fortis Hospital
Such men are of two types: they either have mental illness or they themselves have seen someone nearby being sexually abused. Many of them also have personality issues - they are abnormal and have anti-social issues. - Parul Tank, consultant psychiatrist and therapist at Asian Heart Hospital
In such cases where the protector turns into the perpetrator, it is usually due to severe mental disorders or sex addiction. Another cause could also be paedophilia, which can be treated if the individual comes forward and accepts that he needs to be treated. In some cases it has also been noted that when the devastating act was committed on the daughter, he was intoxicated. However, that is in no way an excuse for the father who committed this offence. - Dr Anjali Chhabria, consultant psychiatrist
The most notorious
April 2008, Austria
Josef Fritzl shocked the world when it emerged that he raped his daughter Elisabeth more than 3,000 times and fathered seven children with her after imprisoning her in a cellar for 24 years at his home in the town of Amstetten. He is currently serving a life sentence for his crimes
Monsters in Mumbai
March 2009, Mira Road
Kishore Chauhan raped his two daughters, aged 21 and 17, with the help of a tantrik, Hasmukhbhai Rathod. The duo had been raping the elder daughter for nine years and the younger one for a year before a police complaint was filed. The rapes had been going on with the mother’s knowledge and support.
June 2011, Bandra
An 18-year-old girl went to cops after facing months of abuse at the hands of her father Shabbir Khan, who raped her at knifepoint, while her mother chose to look the other way for the sake of ‘family reputation.’
June 2012, Dahisar
45-year-old Satyajeet Chaudhary was nabbed when his daughter confided to her classmate that he repeatedly raped her for over three years. The survivor said that every time she refused his advances, he would threaten to throw her out of the house.
November 2013, Mira Road
Ramesh Rajbhar, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, came to the city and with his friend raped and then strangulated his 17-year-old daughter to death with her own dupatta in the case of an honour killing.