Daddy, don’t do this: 13-yr-old Hyd girl sexually assaulted in mother’s absence

Daddy, don’t do this: 13-yr-old Hyd girl sexually assaulted in mother’s absence

Hyderabad: Crimes against minor continue unabated across the country. Another shocking and bizarre incident was reported from Hyderabad, where a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a man who she called ‘daddy’.
According to NDTV report Srujana (named changed) took a lot of courage to speak up against the man whom her widowed mother married eight years ago.
After the 13-year-old had her first periods in April, the man sexually assaulted Srujana when her mother was away at work and told her she must not tell anyone and threatened to stop taking care of the family any further if she talks about it with anyone.
The Class 8 girl says she was too scared to tell her mother.
Four days after the incident, when her mother was about to leave for work, Srujana cried and told her not to leave her alone at home as ‘daddy’ had assaulted her. When the mother confronted her husband, he first accused Srujana of lying and then fell at their feet seeking forgiveness, saying he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The mother and daughter believed him.
The forgiveness did not last for long, this month again the man sexually assaulted Surjana when her mother was away at work, the girl said.
“He beat me, kicked me for telling my mother. I locked myself in the bathroom but he broke open the door. He beat me with a belt and tried to force himself on me,’’ she told NDTV.
Though the family was staying in a crowded middle class locality in Hyderabad, no neighbours came to rescue her despite she was crying loud for help and forgiveness.
“They may have heard but did not come to help me, perhaps out of fear. Neighbours don’t know he is not my biological father; even my younger brother doesn’t know,’’ the girl said.
On that day Srujana’s mother returned early from work as she was not convinced by her husband’s explanation that he was at the bank when she called him. The man had threatened Srujana and told her to cover herself and act as though she was sleeping. But her mother realised what had happened when she saw her daughter brutalised and crying. Her husband dared her to go out and tell the world. Both, mother and daughter immediately went to the police station.
“We had to go to three different police stations, after which my complaint was registered,’’ the girl who just stepped in her teens said.