In a spine-chilling incident, a six-year-old minor boy was allegedly sexually abused by his friends, who are older than him in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district. The two of his friends abused him over two months during his summer vacation. The accused have been detained after the child's father reported the incident to the police, with a video of his son narrating his ordeal.
The minor Akash's (name changed) school summer break became a nightmare for him. His father who is a marketing executive said, he used to leave home at 8 am for work and returned late in the evening. His mother was busy looking after his baby brother. And his cousins (accused) who lived on the floor below Akash's invite him to play with them, his father alleged. His mother was happy Akash had found a company, the child's father said.
After some time, Akash's parents started noticing changes in his behaviour. He would lose his cool if his mother scolds him, and sometimes throw plates at home. "He was such a gentle, lively, loving child. He wouldn't want me to go office, come near the scooter to say bye every day and when I came home, he would come running to me with his stories. All that suddenly changed. He didn't want to talk or interact. I noticed the change and got worried," the father told NDTV.
The father said he was convinced something was bothering Akash. But the child did not open up to him. "After many days, one night I kept asking him, pleading with him, saying he should tell daddy, as I am his best friend," the father said.
But finally, Akash broke down, hugged him tightly and told him the two boys who he played with "did all sorts of things with him, repeatedly, whenever they got a chance". Then his father realised his son had been subjected to repeated sexual abuse and rape. The six-year-old lived through the trauma for over two months.
Akash's father soon reported the matter to the Nellore police and showed the police chief a video of the child narrating to his him how he was sexually abused by the older boys.
"My son asked why I am recording... I didn't want my son to live through this again by recounting. So I said, don't worry. Daddy just wants to record it," the father, told NDTV.
"The older boy's father approached me. 'If you can forgive anyone who does this to your child, I will too,' I told him," Akash's father said.