The father who raped his daughter since she was 11
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.