The fa­ther who raped his daugh­ter since she was 11

India Today - - COVER STORY / CHILD RAPISTS - —Amitabh Srivastava

CON­VICTED: SAN­JEEV KU­MAR, 45, of Patna, re­ceived a life term on April 13, 2018, for rap­ing his mi­nor daugh­ter

PRO­FILE: A pri­vate em­ployee work­ing in the of­fice of a po­lit­i­cal party in Patna. Head of a fam­ily of four, liv­ing in Patna’s lower-mid­dle class Kha­jekala area. An in­dif­fer­ent fa­ther with a stern pres­ence, he never brought home toys or treats and the chil­dren never ran to hug him. He fre­quently came back home drunk, fought with wife, made jeal­ous ac­cu­sa­tions against her and of­ten beat her.

ON RECORD: Some­time in 2012 that he started in­ap­pro­pri­ately touch­ing his 11-year-old daugh­ter. She was too shocked to cry or protest. Then he stepped up the abuse. The more she re­sisted, the more force he used—mauled, mo­lested, raped and beat her up. When she fi­nally told her mother, it led to a vi­cious con­fronta­tion, with the fa­ther ad­mit­ting to mo­lesta­tion but not rape. The mother com­mit­ted sui­cide in June 2013. He then be­came more brazen, took his daugh­ter out of school and con­fined her to the house. In July 2013, she climbed to the ter­race and es­caped to file an FIR.

PSYCHOPATH­OLOGY: Clas­sic traits of the in­ces­tu­ous fa­ther: poor im­pulse con­trol, low self-es­teem, in­sen­si­tive to­wards the needs of oth­ers, views his fam­ily as his prop­erty, uses sex to ex­press man­li­ness.

VIC­TIM: “I had two op­tions: I could ei­ther al­low him do what he wanted to or end my life like my mother did. I wanted nei­ther,” says the girl, now 17, who stays with her ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents.

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