A 13-year-old girl found near the railway tracks with clothes torn and severe injuries on her private parts was brutally raped before being stabbed and dumped at Pul Prahladpur on May 17, confirmed Police.
The incident took place on May 17 when the accused had lured an orphan and mentally challenged girl into the bushes and raped her repeatedly until she fell unconscious. The youth might have tried to slit her throat too.
The police took her to a local hospital, which referred her to AIIMS. There, the girl underwent surgery on her genital and cervical areas. She has been kept under observation in the intensive care unit since then. According to doctor she is not in a position to give statment atleast till four days.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the victim’s family today and assured that he would meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss law and order situation prevailing in the national capital.
Delhi Commission for Women has issued a notice to the Pul Prahladpur police station seeking to know why it did not inform the DCW about the rape of the 13-year-old girl.
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal On Wednesday met the victim at AIIMS and said: “The girl has been brutally raped and we are suspecting it to be a case of gang-rape. She is mentally challenged. She has severe injuries on her body. She has undergone a major surgery and according to doctors it will take her at least four months to recover. Her condition as of now is critical.”
A case of rape under Section 376 and attempt to murder under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, based on the report prepared by the doctors. Police accelerated its investigation and nabbed a teenage suspect. Police is also probing whether more people were involved in the crime.
As per police sources, the accused lived with his parents in the locality and had molested earlier too. However, born with Down syndrome, the 13-year-old hearing and speech impaired girl could not reveal details to anyone.
The girl lived in a JJ colony in Badarpur with her maternal aunt and uncle after the death of her parents. On the day of the incident, her aunt had asked her to fetch water from a tank about a kilometre away, but she did not returned back after a long time. Neighbours reported that she had lagged behind the women with whom she had gone.
The family searched the girl in the forested areas around their house, presuming that she might have fallen into the ditches there. In the evening, a police complaint was filed and a search organised. But the police teams from the Pul Prahladpur police station could not locate the girl.
The next morning she was found lying near the railway tracks with clothes torn and severe injuries on her private parts and neck. “It was evident that the child had been raped repeatedly. There were bite marks all over her body and signs that someone had tried to slit her throat,” said a neighbour.
Anxious over the crime the victim’s family expressed their concern for the future of the victim. “She won’t be safe after we take her back home,” said her aunt. “We stay in a slum area that does not even have amenities for drinking water, forcing the women to walk through an unsafe forested area to fetch water.”