New Delhi: A 17-year-old minor dialled 100 and lodged a complaint against her father who, on the pretext of dropping her to school, used to take her to a rented accommodation and allegedly sexually assault her. Further, when the girl informed her family members about the physical abuse meted out by her father, they allegedly hushed up the matter.
The accused, who has been identified as Dev Shankar Jha, is a self-styled astrologer and hails from Bihar.
He had come to the city many years ago for his livelihood. He was living in the C Block of Shalimar Bagh. A father of three minor girls, the accused was raping his eldest daughter for the last four years.
In order to commit the heinous crime, Shankar had rented a temporary accommodation in the area where he used to take his daughter and commit the crime, said the police.
The incident came to light on Thursday noon around 12.30 pm when the girl dialled 100 and informed the police. Thereafter a team rushed to the spot and rescued her. In her statement to the police, the survivor stated that her father has been committing the crime for the last four years.
He used to take her to the rented accommodation on the pretext of dropping her at school and raped her. Despite raising alarm at home, none gave a lending ear to the minor girl’s cries. She also informed the police that her father used to beat her and threatened to kill her when she resisted his attempts.
The Shalimar Bagh police arrested Dev Shankar on Thursday and has registered a case under the Pocso Act 2012 against him and remanded him to judicial custody.
The incident comes a day after the Mandir Marg police registered a case against four ex-students of Andh Mahavidyalay, a school for blind students situated at Panchkuian Road, for allegedly molesting and assaulting blind students living in the hostel, bringing further shame upon the capital.
The accused boys were allegedly carrying out illegal activities in the school premises and had converted it into a liquor den.