Father, Uncle and Brother of 16-Year-Old Girl Arrested in West Bengal for Repeatedly Raping Her for Two Years | The independent
The father, uncle and brother of a 16-year-old girl in West Bengal have been arrested for allegedly raping the girl multiple times over a two-year period, police said.
Police in Jalpaiguri District said the girl got pregnant twice during her abuse allegations and was forced to have an abortion each time.
The girl had attempted suicide four times, police said, adding that the girl’s mother was aware of the repeated rape of her child but remained silent.
After feeling too scared to speak out about her allegations of repeated abuse, the girl confided in a schoolteacher in the town of Dhupguri, West Bengal on Thursday when she was taken to police and gave evidence. a complaint against the three men.
“Her father, a farmer in his 50s, allegedly raped her on several occasions. She alleged that her uncle also raped her and that recently her brother had started as well, ”police spokesman KL Sherpa told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The teenager now lives in the care of her aunt.
Reporting of rape as a crime in India has increased since the fatal gang rape and attack on a woman on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012, which sparked mass protests across India, bringing a new global focus on dealing with sexual abuse and crime on the subcontinent.
“India’s Daughter,” the documentary focused on the incident and culture of sexual violence in India, included interviews with the perpetrators in prison, one of whom claimed that “a girl is more responsible for rape than ‘a boy “.
In another brutal case, three men confessed last year to the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls found hanging from a tree in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state.
The brutal gang rape of an elderly nun was the latest case to come under global scrutiny. The woman in her 60s was attacked as she tried to stop burglars from ransacking the convent where she and other women lived. Eight men have since been arrested.
There was a 2.7% jump in reports of crimes against women between 2012 and 2013, according to the National Crime Records Bureau, but most cases still go unreported in cities and towns due to shame and stigma attached to rape victims, where the victim is often blamed for the abuse.
In some villages, local councils act as de facto courts, often ordering rape to punish women, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported.
In January 2014, a 20-year-old woman in the state of West Bengal was raped by 13 men on the orders of a village court as punishment for having a relationship with a man from another community.
Additional reports from the Thomson Reuters Foundation