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Even as the nation mourns the death of the Delhi gangrape victim, an 18-year-old girl alleged Saturday she was abused by her father and elder brother in their Dombivli home for two years.
A friend found the girl crying at Dombivli Railway Station Friday night and asked her the reason.
After the victim confided, the friend's social activist-mother took her to police and lodged a complaint.
Her photographer-father Mahesh Tasat (50) and brother Hardik (20), employed at a watch shop in Dadar, were arrested from their home on Phadke Road in Dombivli (East) Saturday morning.
"We have registered an offence under IPC sections 34 (acts by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 376 (rape) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace). The accused were produced before a magistrate and remanded in police custody till January 3.
"The father and brother clearly cooperated, so we have added section 34," said assistant commissioner of police Rajan Ghule.
Police said the victim's parents divorced two years ago and her mother lived in Ghatkopar.
They said Mahesh allegedly began abusing his daughter soon after the divorce in October 2010. He allegedly raped her repeatedly and threatened her with dire consequences if she did not keep her mouth shut.
Hardik was aware of the abuse but did not object or speak about it to anyone, police said.
In October this year, he too allegedly began raping the girl. Police said Mahesh was aware that Hardik had begun to rape his sister but did not stop him.
The victim allegedly told police she dropped out of school after class 10 and was not stopped from stepping out as long as she remained silent about the abuse.
Police said she decided to speak out after the Delhi gangrape outrage.