4- YEAR- OLD'S RAPE SENDS SHOCKWAVES.
SEEMA Shukla's ( named changed) tears can't stop flowing as she squats on the floor of the gynaecological department at Safdarjung Hospital. Hair dishevelled, clad in a shabby saree, she keeps passing out even as a woman councillor holds her tight, trying to console her.
Seema's four- year- old daughter was brutally gang- raped and sodomised by at least two men, and her entire body slashed with a knife on Friday evening near her home in Keshav Puram, northwest Delhi. Her privates had been torn apart, which forced specialised doctors to perform a three- hour colostomy surgery on her in the wee hours of Saturday.
The girl, who has barely survived the ordeal and is battling for life, will live
" She was brought with cut marks all over her face and abdomen, her vagina and rectum both seriously injured. We had to perform a threehour colostomy to provide an alternate opening for her to pass stool. Her colon will take time to recover and come back to normal functioning. A surgery to close the colostomy will be required later," said Dr Rai.
The Delhi Police have registered a case under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO ( Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Acts and a manhunt has been launched.
The accused are yet to be identified.
" We have zeroed in on some suspects and we are keeping a watch. Once the girl recovers, we will be able to get more clues about the accused," an officer said, requesting anonymity.
Delhi Commission for Women ( DCW) chief Swati Maliwal visited Safdarjung Hospital on Saturday noon and spoke to the distraught parents. She tweeted: " Visited the little girl, her condition can't be described. Horrific.
Her parents are extremely poor.
When will this heinous crime stop in Delhi [ sic]." She also wrote on Twitter later: " Every day we have a Nirbhaya in Delhi and the Nirbhaya Fund is lying unused. Pathetic. In 2014, only nine accused were convicted in Delhi in crime against women.
Can you imagine! Tabhi to Delhi mei kisi ko darr nai hai ( That's why no one is scared in Delhi)." Sampoorna, a woman counsellor from an NGO, which works with DCW to help such victims, said, " Providing psychological aid to the poor girl will come later.
Right now her mother herself is in such a sorry condition. In hours, she has not been able to answer even one of our questions." Doctors had to perform a three- hour colostomy to provide an alternate opening for the girl to pass stool 4- year- old sodomised, Women shouldn't suffer Continued from page 1 with a stool bag for the next few months.
" We had not anticipated this when we shifted to Delhi from Orai in Uttar Pradesh's Jalaun district around a decade ago," the girl's grandfather told M AIL T ODAY . " We are poor. I work as a labourer. My son was a painter and daughter- in- law Seema is a household maid. When we found a shelter in the Lawrence Road jhuggis, I could see that the mahaul ( environment) was not good, but there was no other option. Now we are paying for it." The girl's father recalls Friday evening's horror. " My father had returned from work around 5pm and saw my daughter playing in the house. He had to meet someone in the locality for work- related enquiries when she went out with her friends. We don't know when the girls reached the railway phatak ( crossing). A group of men are always drinking and playing cards there. The other girls now tell us that two men offered her toffees and biscuits.
One of them picked her up in his arms and left." Two hours later, when the family was already exhausted searching for her on every road in the area, a woman brought her back soaked in blood. She had apparently been taken to a jungle near the railway line, brutalised and dumped. The area is full of concrete materials dumped and locals use it for defecating. The woman was also out to relieve herself at the spot.
" She could not speak a word when she recovered. Doctors told us she was throttled. However, they have assured us that she will get back her voice," the grandfather said.
Dr AK Rai, medical superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital, said Girl allegedly taken to a jungle near railway line A TALE OF HORROR The four- year- old girl was brutally gang- raped and sodomised by at least two men, and her entire body slashed with a knife on Friday evening near her home in Keshav Puram Her privates had been torn apart, which forced specialised doctors to perform a three- hour colostomy surgery on her in the wee hours of Saturday The girl was brought to the hospital around 8 pm after being referred from Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital Delhi Commission for Women ( DCW) chief Swati Maliwal visited Safdarjung Hospital on Saturday noon and spoke to the distraught parents The Delhi Police have registered a case under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO ( Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Acts and a manhunt has been launched The Capital saw widespread protests after the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case.
However, the number of rapes has failed to go down.
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