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Chhattisgarh man held for raping 17-year-old daughter

A 41-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping his minor daughter in Chhattisgarh's Korba district, police said on Monday.

Korba: A 41-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping his minor daughter in Chhattisgarh’s Korba district, police said on Monday.

The accused was held on Sunday after the 17-year-old victim filed a complaint a day earlier that she was being sexually assaulted at home ever since she returned from her school in neighbouring Bilaspur in March due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, a Pali police station official said.

“The victim has said that the assaults took place when her mother, a government servant, was away at work. The accused used to blackmail the teen claiming she had a relationship with a childhood friend and that he would inform her mother about it,” the official said.

She had told her mother about the ordeal earlier but the latter did not pursue it after the father denied the charge, while the victim did not approach police earlier perhaps for the fear of the family reputation getting ruined, he added.

The man has been charged under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and IPC, the official informed.

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