NAGAPATTINAM: The Mayiladuthurai all women police on Monday arrested a 40-year-old cab driver for raping and impregnating his daughter.
Police said Kumar (name changed) was a native of Sembanarkoil town near Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam district. He is married and has two minor daughters. The victim, who is 14 years old, had just given her Class IX examination.
For the last three months, Kumar had raped the girl. Police said the family members, his wife, two minor daughters, including the 14-year-old girl, used to sleep together in a room.
A few days ago, the girl developed stomach pain and vomiting. Assuming she was unwell, her mother got her checked at a government hospital. The doctor there revealed that she was pregnant.
On questioning her daughter, the girl told her mother about what she was going through for the last three months.
Following this, the mother lodged a complaint with the police against her husband. Inspector R Kopperundevi said, “Based on the complaint, we inquired the minor girl and arrested Kumar. He has been booked under section 6 of the Pocso Act. Kumar was remanded in judicial custody.”
The girl, who is admitted in the hospital, on discharge would be handed over to the child welfare committee (CWC) and given counselling, police sources said. “If the victim is sent back home again, there would be chances of the girl turning hostile, an official from the district child protection unit of Nagapattinam district said.
“The girl has undergone severe trauma for three months. Since she is good at her studies, we, along with CWC, have planned to admit her in any one of the government homes. Isolating the girl from her family would help come out of the shock and pursue her studies without any disturbance,” the official added.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)