– The mother of a 16-year-old girl in Mumbai forced her to marry an HIV-positive man
– She also helped him to rape the young girl
– Police now are investigating the case, trying to find mother and the rapist, which had run away
In a shocking case of abuse, a 16-year-old student from a Thane college was forcibly married off to an HIV+ patient by her mother based in Kalwa, Mumbai, police said.
It’s said that the mother would bind her hands and stuff a piece of cloth into her mouth to allow the husband to rape her. If she resisted, she would be battered by the duo, they added.
"On many occasions I was beaten with bamboo sticks. When I still refused to give up, my mother forced me to have cold drinks laced with sedatives so that he could rape me," the girl said in her statement. “After hearing talk of my marriage, I tried to escape from the house. But my mother chased me till the station and forced me to get off the train. She consumed phenyl to blackmail me into staying.”
According to the girl's statement, she was forced into having sex with the man as soon as the marriage was concluded. Her mother would pin her to the ground, tie her hands together and stuff her mouth with cloth to prevent her screaming.
When the accused realised the victim would not accept him as husband, he divorced her on August 1 and stopped supporting the family financially. This angered her mother, who began torturing the victim even more.
Police were alerted by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), who had been contacted by the girl with the help of a teacher. The rapist and the girl's mother have absconded, although officers insist they know the pair's whereabouts.