Ludhiana man accused of raping foster daughter, forcing her into prostitution

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Laddowal Police arrest victim’s foster parents Balwinder Singh and Saravjit Kaur

The Hush Post, Ludhiana: In an incident that puts humanity to shame, a man has been accused of raping his foster daughter for several months and forcing her into prostitution. The Laddowal Police have registered an FIR against the accused.

The registration of this FIR came after an 11-year- old girl has accused her foster father for raping her for several months and pushing her into prostitution. The victim’s mother has given away her for adoption after the death of her father in July 2017. The victim narrated her ordeal to her school principal. She is a class 6 student in a government school in Laddowal. The principal then brought the matter in the notice of police, Hindustan Times reported on Saturday.

The accused has been identified as Balwinder Singh. Along with Balwinder, the police have also booked victim’s foster mother Sarvjit Kaur. After registering an FIR on Friday, the police arrested them.

The girl reportedly told the police that two months after her adoption her foster father started raping her. She also alleged that every Sunday her adoptive parents forced her to go into a room with unknown men.

On Friday evening victim’s real mother also appeared and recorded her statement against the accused.

The victim was not coming to the school for the last two days. On Friday, she narrated the things to one of her classmates, who advised her to talk to the principal.

The principal said that she immediately called on Childline Helpline (1098) and Navchetna Team (a social organization of government teachers). Then the police were informed about the matter. The principal said that the foster father of the victim is a security guard at an amusement park.

The girl had taken admission in the school in April this year.

“The girl was distressed and started crying. She said that every Sunday some outsiders would come at home and rape her. If she refused, she was beaten up with sticks. Her adoptive mother used to help her get ready for the customers and make her sit in a room. The girl has also named her grandfather who doesn’t live with them but girl says he also raped her,” the principal was quoted as saying.

“The girl would be often absent from school on Mondays. She is the youngest of three children,” the principal was further quoted.

The victim’s 18-year old sister lives with her maternal grandparents in Hoshiarpur. The girl also has an elder brother who lives with paternal uncle in Adampur. The victim has said that her mother told her that she cannot earn enough to raise her so she must go to adoptive parents who will take care of her, the report said.

Kuldeep Mann, head of Childline Helpline Ludhiana said they are also looking into if the girl was adopted legally or sold for money. He said that now Childline will sponsor her education.

The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) has sent the victim to Niksham Sewa Ashram.

Laddowal SHO Inspector Varinderpal Singh reportedly said that girl’s foster parents –Balwinder Singh and Saravjit Kaur– do not have any child of their own. The Police have also summoned a woman through which the girl was given for adoption.

The SHO said that the police are investigating further about girl’s allegations of prostitution and her grandfather raping her. More names will be added to FIR after the probe, he added.

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