A father has been jailed for life for gang-defiling his nine-year-old daughter. The man got the girl drunk and attacked her with a friend in India. His accomplice was handed a 12-year prison term. Sentencing the pair at a court in Delhi, Judge Gautam Manan said:
‘Children are entitled to expect the best from their parents, in terms of care and parental love, that they can possibly receive. But the convict gave her daughter such a betrayal of faith of relationship that would really be difficult for her to forget.’
A complaint was initially lodged by the victim’s mother against her husband and his accomplice in May 2012. The judge said:
the ‘accused, despite being the father of the victim, has not only sexually assaulted her but also allowed another boy to sexually abuse his daughter.’ The father, who has not been named, and his accomplice, Akash, 20, were also fined Rs 5,000 (£50) each and ordered to pay the victim Rs 100,000 (£970) in compensation.
‘The concept of welfare and well-being of children is basic for any civilised society and this has a direct bearing on the state of health and well-being of the entire community, its growth and development,’ the court said.
The pair were convicted based on testimony from the victim and a medical report which showed she had been defiled.
‘In the present case, the victim has been consistent on the material particulars with regard to the incident of s*xual assault on her,’ the report said.