Amid growing clamour over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, a 35-year-old woman was allegedly raped by his father in Sitapur city, Uttar Pradesh.
According to police, the man has been booked for raping his daughter along with two of his friends in Sitapur's Kamlapur area on April 15. She filed the police complaint next day.
While one of the accused has been arrested, the victim's father and another rapist are still absconding, Martand Prakash Singh, the Additional SP (South) told PTI.
"The woman has a son. She married almost 20 years ago. However, she separated from her husband and was living with her father," PTI quoted Martand Prakash.
As per police reports, on April 15, the man took his daughter to a fair, around 70 km from state capital Lucknow and later called up his friend Maan Singh to join him in his daughter’s rape.
Post that, they convinced the woman to ride with them on a motorcycle to the residence of their friend Meraj. There, she was locked in a room for nearly 18 hours and was later raped by the gang of three.
The victim somehow managed to escape and reached home. Then, she narrated her ordeal to her mother and the complaint was registered, according to police.
Earlier, Maan Singh had partnered the woman's father in a number of crimes. In November last year, the man was arrested for having an illicit relationship with his daughter. Later he was released on bail in February.
The cases of atrocities against women and children have been increasing at an alarming rate since last few years in India. As per the latest figure, released by the government, a child is sexually abused every 15 minutes in India. Uttar Pradesh tops the chart with around 15% crime against minors in the country.