An 18-year-old girl in India is demanding the worst possible punishment for her father who had allegedly been sexually assaulting her for four years.
Sarita Devi (name changed to protect victim's identity), of Uttar Pradesh, said she had told her mother and sister that her 53-year-old father had been raping her for years, but they never believed her, the Daily Mail reported.
Then one day, Devi decided to film an encounter between herself and her father to show proof of the abuse. She showed the video to her mother before going to police.
“My father has been sexually assaulting me for four years,” Sarita said, according to the Daily Mail. “I always tried talking to my family about it but no one believed me.
“I did not have any proof. I collected the proof this time for myself to be able to raise my voice against my father. I made the video clip on a mobile phone.
“I am ashamed to have a father like him. I demand he is punished for exploiting me for so many years. I don’t want him hanged but publicly killed and beaten by the general public so that he realizes how it feels to be tortured.
“I am relieved the truth is out. I am happy it is over. I now want to see my father punished for what he did and try to get on with my life.”
The father was arrested on March 17, according to Station Head Officer Alok Saxena.
“Tired of her father exploiting her she decided to film the crime and placed a camera (in the room) to record him,” Saxena said. “She showed the clip to the police and registered [a First Information Report]. After registering the FIR and investigating the case her father was arrested.
“This incident is deeply condemned. Her father has confessed to his crime.
“He has admitted that he has been assaulting his daughter all these years and a case has been registered against him under Section 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and The Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act.”
Police said the father blamed his alcohol addiction for his crimes. During a court hearing in March, Devi recounted the events that transpired over the last four years and demanded the worst possible punishment for her father.
“I always went mad when my daughter complained about her father,” Devi’s mother said. “I thought she was making up stories about him.”
“But the truth has left me shattered,” the mother added. “I am still shocked to believe a father could do this to his own daughter. But now my daughter has all my support and I regret not believing her sooner.”