Weeks after the AIIMS baby saga unfolded, another sordid case has come to light.
A six-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped in the Chunapatti area of Kirti Nagar . A private contractor found her and sent her to hospital . The two accused are the victim’s neighbours, police said. The victim’s father, who is a carpenter by profession , said the girl has been living in the shanty along with her parents and two brothers .
He said, ”On February 24, power supply to the area was disrupted and we got busy arranging for a candle. My daughter was playing outside . A little while later she was found missing by her mother. ”My daughter later told me that a neighbour had offered her biscuits and asked her to follow him to a nearby temple, which was a kilometre away. She was lured with goodies and then raped. She was bleeding profusely from her face and forehead when we found her.
”She had cigarette burn marks on her face and neck. The injuries inflicted on her forehead seemed grievous. Her eyes have been partially damaged but doctors said they were hopeful of a complete recovery. I want the perpetrators of the crime to be severly punishment,” he said.
Neighbours said the victim’s brothers seldom used to interact with them.
Manish Joshi, a private contractor, who rescued the child, corroborated the statement of the victim’s father . He said, ”I had heard police announcements about a missing girl. I saw her sitting near the gates of the temple and asked her name. One of my friends, who is a photographer , helped me get in touch with police, who admitted her to DDU Hospital.”
”The girl’s forehead was covered with blood, suggesting her attackers had assaulted her with a heavy object to smash her head. That she survived is a miracle of sorts,” he said.
The role of police is, however , under the scanner. Though the incident took place on Friday night and the child was subsequently recovered on Saturday, locals alleged despite their protests and hospital reports being shown to police, it was only on Monday that the Kirti Nagar police added IPC section 376 (rape) to the kidnapping case.
Police inaction helped the accused flee their homes after the incident, they alleged . ”We had earlier complained to police that our neighbours, who had shifted here seven months back, were behaving suspiciously for the last few weeks.
”Their family consists of two brothers and the wife and children of one of them. But the beat officers did not pay attention to our complaints ,” the victim’s mother alleged. Even after police saw signs of torture, no sections under attempt to murder have been registered.
Police refused to comment on the issue. ”It is a delicate matter and we do not want to speak about it,” said V Renganathan, additional commissioner of police (west). Police sources said the girl was still unfit to record her statement. No one has been arrested so far, the sources said.
Doctors at Deen Dayal Upadhay and LNJP hospitals , where the girl was later taken for a CT scan, said the scan results were normal.
”The girl is recovering and we have kept her under observation,” a doctor at DDU Hospital said.