A 40-year-old father in Mumbai repeatedly raped his daughters despite knowing the fact that he was HIV positive.
He has been been raping one of his daughters for over a decade and, recently, also started raping his youngest daughter who is just 12.
The monstrous father, who is a carpenter from Kandivali, was arrested on September 2, reports Mid-Day
, after his eldest daughter, who is 21 now, reported the crime to the Police. It was only when the Police took the father for a medical check-up did they discover of his HIV+ condition. The hospital informed that he had AIDS
. Upon questioning he said he was aware of his disease for the past one year and had been taking medicines for it.
The 21-year-old daughter had come forward last week after she was told by her younger sister that their father had started raping her as well. The father had initially denied his eldest daughter’s claim, but the younger daughter confirmed the allegations following which he was arrested.
But it came as a shock to many when it surfaced that the girls’ mother was aware of the rapes.
She stated that she knew about her elder daughter being raped since 2005 and had repeatedly asked her husband to stop, but he didn’t. The mother chose to remain mum over the issue out of fear that it would harm the family’s reputation. Since the news came out in the open, the two victims have been admitted to Mumbai’s Sion Hospital, where police is taking care of them. The rest of the family, including their mother and three younger siblings (a boy and two younger sisters), have returned to their mother’s family village. Meanwhile, the accused father has been booked under several Sections of the IPC including 376 (Rape) and relevant Sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and will be in police custody till September 8, when he would be produced in court.