Like many of you, we were also sad and broken when we heard the story of a father sexually assaulting his 9-month-old daughter in 2017.
The incident that took place in Mumbai came to light when the mother woke up in the middle of the night with the cry of her 9-month-old daughter.
The woman saw her husband digitally assaulting their daughter, which made her cry with pain.
Because of the noise, the other three children also woke up. As the father realized that the family has understood what he did, he beat them up and threatened not to talk to anyone about it.
As per Indiatoday, the woman mustered the courage to share the incident with her sister-in-law after which the father was rebuked by relatives.
The husband ran away. But, mother thinking about other 3 kids never gathered the courage to register a complaint.
But a mother has to do, what a mother has to do.
When she noticed that the daughter was finding it difficult to pass urine since that incident. She took the baby to a hospital where doctors recommended for sonography. As the mother didn’t have money, she found her husband to support the daughter’s admission to the hospital.
When doctors found out what happened, they called the police and the case was finally registered.
As the mother was unable to take care of four children by herself, she wanted to take the case back. But, public prosecutor Geeta Sharma told that it would be unfair if the victim doesn’t get the help and justice from the court and state.
As per Indiatoday, Sharma told the court the accused father knew what he had done was an offence and its seriousness, which is why he ran away.
Her words put everything in perspective,
“It was only after the mother promised that she would not tell anyone that he agreed to get the victim treated.
This small girl is a real victim.
She needs help and justice from the court and state. She is helpless and is our responsibility,”
After analyzing all the evidence and hearing the arguments, Judge CA Nathani handed life imprisonment to the 59-year-old father under Section 235 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and Section 6 of the POCSO Act.
With the court refusing to show any leniency and awarding one of the strictest punishment to the guilty, we see it as a ray of hope.
We hope it would scare off anyone who even has a thought of touching a kid without consent.
Though many of us might feel the justice hasn’t been done as the death penalty would have been more appropriate. We beg to differ. We believe the death penalty is an easy escape from the guilt of the crime committed by the accused. Life imprisonment, on the other hand, gives the criminal a lot of time to ponder on his or her deeds.
Bearing the brunt of one’s faults is one of the most severe punishments. And, sometimes it gives a second chance to criminal to become a better human being.