A woman has revealed how her stepdad's cousin and lodger took it in turns to rape her as a child.

Sumayya Miah, now 23, from Luton, was just six years old when her stepdad invited his cousin, Jahkir Hussain, 37, to live with their family.

Months later, Hussain began raping Sumayya while her parents were out.

A year later, in 2005, the family took in a stranger, Emdadul Lukman, 47, after renting out their spare bedroom.

Unbeknown to Hussain, Lukman also began to prey on Sumayya and she soon endured a vicious campaign of abuse by both men.

In February 2020 at St Albans Crown Court, the monsters were jailed for a total of 36 years for rape and sexual abuse

Her abusers were jailed for a total of 36 years in February

Sumayya, an art psychotherapy student, says: "I was just an innocent, little girl when I was abused by not one, but two monsters.

"Even though they have scarred me mentally forever, I'm glad I finally got justice."

Growing up, Sumayya lived with her mum and stepdad, Raza Miah, 50.

In July 2004, when Sumayya was six, Raza invited his cousin, Jakhir, from Bangladesh, to move in with the family.

Sumayya says: "Jakhir needed a place to stay.

"After he moved in, we played board games, coloured and watched films every day.

"As I was an only child, I was happy to have the company.

"He even brought me sweets every time he came home."

Two months later, Hussain called Sumayya into his bedroom to play a board game.

Sumayya says: "Mum was at work, while my stepdad was downstairs reading.

"As I went to pick up the dice, Jakhir began to kiss me.

"I wanted to push him away, but I didn't have the strength.

Emdadul Lukman started raping Sumayya after renting a room in the house

"He removed his clothes and said nobody would find out.

"Then, he raped me. I wanted to scream but I was too afraid.

"Afterwards, he told me not to worry because next time it wouldn't hurt as much.

"I was confused and in agony."

The next week, Hussain appeared at Sumayya's bedroom door.

She says: "Jakhir said he had sweets for me. I asked where my parents were and he told me they weren't home.

"Moments later, he raped me again. But this time, I cried for him to stop.

"Jakhir slapped me in the face and told me to shut up. He threatened to rape mum if I told anyone. I was petrified."

From then on, Hussain continued to prey on Sumayya whenever he had the chance.

Then, in July 2005, Sumayya's parents needed some extra money, so they rented out their spare bedroom.

Stranger Emdadul Lukman, from London, saw their advertisement and moved in.

Sumayya says: "Emdadul smiled at me at the door, I thought he was nice.

"But a week later, while everyone was out, Emdadul invited me into his bedroom.

"He asked me about my favourite shows and colours. Then, out of nowhere, he kissed me.

Jahkir Hussain preyed on the girl after being invited into the family home

"I couldn't believe it was happening again. Emdadul pulled my clothes off and forced himself on me, just like Jakhir did.

"Afterwards, I couldn't stop sobbing."

From then on, both men attacked Sumayya whenever they had the chance.

But neither of them knew the other one was doing it.

Sumayya says: "The next year, while Emdadul was abusing me, I blurted out 'Jakhir does this to me too'.

"But he just shrugged his shoulders and continued. I soon told Jakhir the same and he didn't care either. My life was hell."

In February 2006, Lukman moved out.

But Hussain continued his campaign of abuse against Sumayya for another year, until she was eight.

Sumayya says: "By this point, the damage was done.

"I became severely depressed and began to self-harm while growing up."

Years later, in April 2015, when Sumayya was 17, she got married.

She says: "In time, we fell in love, but the abuse haunted me and my depression got worse.

"One day, I stabbed myself in the stomach while my husband was at work. Thankfully I survived.

"But my husband and mum begged me to tell them why I did it.

"Finally, I told them everything Jakhir and Emdadul did to me. They were heartbroken."

Sumayya finally told her family about the abuse after self-harming

Weeks later, Sumayya's husband convinced Sumayya to report Hussain and Lukman to police.

Shortly after, they were tracked down and arrested.

In February 2020 Jakhir Hussain, 37, of Burgess Hill, West Sussex, was found guilty of three counts of rape of a girl under the age of 13 and three counts of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity at St Albans Crown Court.

Emdadul Lukman, 47, of Hastings, was found guilty of six counts of rape of a girl under the age of 13 and two counts of causing or inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Later that month, Hussain was jailed for 20 years and Lukman was jailed for 16 years.

Sumayya says: "After keeping my secret for 14 years, I can finally move forward with my life.

"In my culture, sexual abuse is swept under the carpet and often silenced.

"If this has happened to you, please speak out and seek help. You deserve justice too."