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Rape and sell charge on minor guardian

Tamluk, Aug. 17: A 16-year-old Haldia girl has accused her adoptive father of repeatedly raping her and forcing her into prostitution.

The girl’s guardian, who owns a toy shop in Durgachak, was arrested this morning. The Haldia sub-divisional court remanded him in 14 days’ judicial custody.

According to police, the girl had said in her complaint that she was raped several times by her guardian in the past two years and forced to “entertain” people at hotels.

She also alleged some accomplices of the man had tried to sell her off at a red light area in Calcutta a few months ago. But she escaped and returned to the guardian’s home.

“She was tortured on returning home. Three months ago, she ran away. She was picked up from a road by a social worker,” a police officer said.

“On August 9, the girl’s guardian took her back from the social worker’s home. But the girl again escaped and was found unconscious on a Haldia street the next day. She was admitted to Haldia sub-divisional hospital,” the officer added.

The girl told the police that she had been staying with the accused and his wife for as long as she could remember.

The social worker has expressed her wish to look after the girl after she is discharged from hospital.

The police, however, said the girl would be sent to a government home.