A 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her stepfather and their landlord over the last one year in Gandhi Nagar area of east Delhi, police said on Thursday. The incident came to light when the girl was taken to hospital following complaints of regular stomach pain and the doctors found her pregnant, they said. The stepfather and the landlord were arrested after a complaint was registered in this regard under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and several other sections of IPC.
"The victim was complaining of stomach pain for the past few days and had also stopped going to school because of that. She was taken to a hospital by her mother on Tuesday where doctors performed the necessary tests which revealed that she was pregnant. "When asked, the victim told that her stepfather and their landlord had been raping her when the mother would go for work. The accused also threatened her of dire consequences if she revealed the matter to anyone because of which the girl didn't tell anything to her mother," said the investigating officer.
After listening to her daughter, the mother approached police and lodged an FIR against the accused. "The victim's mother who works at a thread-manufacturing unit, married the accused after her husband died some few years ago. From him, she has two sons," the officer added. The accused were presented before a magistrate on Thursday and sent to Tihar Jail.