• The police arrested the 40-year-old suspect Monday
  • The victim’s mother had warned the suspect that she will file a police complaint
  • The mother came to know about the sexual assault Sunday

A man has been arrested for repeatedly raping and torturing his daughter while the girl’s mother was away, police said Monday.

The police have taken into custody a 40-year-old man from Raipur, a city in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh on charges of sexually assaulting his 18-year-old daughter.

The alleged abuse began when the girl was a minor and lasted for over two years, police said. The police have not revealed the identity of the suspect and the victim.

“The accused was arrested on Monday and booked under the charges of Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and other relevant sections of the IPC at the Urla Police Station and sent to jail. The case is under investigation,” Amit Tiwari, an investigation officer, told Free Press Journal.

The incident came to light Sunday after the teen complained to her mother about the sexual assault she was undergoing. The victim’s mother reported it to the police and lodged a complaint against her husband.

“My daughter told me on Sunday that her father used to sexually assault her on several occasions in my absence. He also threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the matter to anyone. Her father had first sexually assaulted her when she was a minor,” the girl's mother told the outlet.

The victim’s mother told the police that the suspect continued to repeatedly rape her daughter since the time he sexually assaulted her when she was a minor.

The mother also told the police that she had previously warned her husband not to beat her child but he had continued his torture. She decided to lodge a complaint against him when she realized that the child was enduring sexual assaults along with physical torture.

“We have arrested the accused father and produced before a local court and then sent to jail,” Tiwari said.

The charges against the suspect include rape, voluntary causing hurt, use of obscene acts along with charges based on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Catch News reported. If proven guilty, the suspect faces maximum sentencing up to life imprisonment.

The teen girl was repeatedly raped and tortured by her father over a period of two years. pixabay