Delhi government official Premoday Khakha, who was booked for allegedly raping his deceased friend's minor daughter for several months has been arrested on Monday. His wife who had given abortion pills to the minor, also stands arrested. The victim is the daughter of the accused officer's deceased friend.
Khakha's wife gave abortion pills to the minor to terminate the pregnancy, said reports about the horrific case. The assault took place between 2020 and 2021.
Shocking details of the story
The whole story unfolded in 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown when the victim was 14 years old. The girl used to go to a church in Burari with her father and mother. There they met the senior women and child development department official, who soon became a good friend of her father. Over time, their relationship developed and the girl's mother started calling the accused her ‘brother’ and the minor used to call him her 'mama'.
Soon tragedy struck and the girl's father lost his life, leaving his wife and daughter in deep pain. The father's death affected the girl and she became depressed. During this time around, since the girl's mother used to trust the accused she offered to keep her daughter at their place for sometime for a change, thinking that her daughter's mental health might improve. As per news reports, on October 1, 2020 the Delhi government official brought the minor girl home where she lived for almost four months. However, during her stay there, the girl’s condition did not improve and she told her mother that she wanted to come back and stay with her.
The 14-year-old girl returned back home in January 2021. Soon, her mother started noticing that her condition worsened and she often got anxiety and panic attacks. Looking at her deteriorating condition, her mother took her to the hospital. During counselling, the girl revealed that she was raped by the man she used to call her ‘mama’. She also informed that she was pregnant after being raped multiple time and the accused's wife offered her medicines to terminate pregnancy. Soon after knowing all these shocking details, the victim's mother lodged a police complaint under relevant sections of the IPC.
Kejriwal orders Khakha's suspension
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had ordered the suspension of the rape accused official of Delhi government. Police had reached the residence of the accused government official on Monday morning after uproar over the case.
DCW Chief Swati Maliwal had also reached the hospital to meet the victim. However, she claimed that she was not allowed to meet the victim in the hospital and asked on X (formerly Twitter) as to why was the police not allowing her to meet the victim.