In a shocking incident that has come to light, a 14-year-old was raped by her to cousins on two separate occasions. A court convicted and sentenced the victim’s cousin, a 24-year-old youth, to 20 years of imprisonment, and sentenced another cousin aged 25, to 10 years of imprisonment.
According to a report in Indian Express, both the incidents took place in 2015, when the victim was in class IX and was living with her parents in Ghatkopar. On the day of the crime, the 24-year-old youth who is maternal cousin of the victim, came home as it was his routine for lunch. The victim served him food after which he sexually abused her. After that, he also threatened the victim to not tell anyone about the incident. The victim also told the court that the accused had raped her two to three times again.
The 24-year-old youth had been residing with family since 2012, and was also assisting the victim’s father at his shop. The victim, after a few months, told her mother that she was not getting her periods, after which her mother took her to a doctor who advised to get a sonography done. However, nothing was found in the sonography report.
A few months after the incident, the victim left to her native village to attend a wedding. She was, one day, was on the terrace for her grandmother’s home when her 25-year-old paternal cousin raped her. The victim told the court that she also raised a cry but nobody heard her since the loudspeakers were on, due to wedding function.
After that incident, she returned to Mumbai, and which she suffered abdominal pain and was found to be pregnant. The girl then told her parents that she had been raped by her two cousins. She delivered a child, which was later on put for adoption. A DNA test was done, which revealed that girl’s maternal cousin was the father of the child.
Both the accused were convicted under sections including 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.