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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Nightmares traumatise teen gang-rape victim

Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 04, 2013
First Published: 00:17 IST(4/5/2013) | Last Updated: 00:19 IST(4/5/2013)

The 13-year-old girl, who had attempted suicide thrice after being gang-raped by eight men, has told her counsellor that she has been getting nightmares.
 
The girl, currently undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has told the therapist how she was not able to rest due to frightful thoughts. She has also been very curious about the developments in her case.

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According to the counsellor, who had been helping the girl to overcome the trauma of the dastardly crime committed against her, said that she has been consistently asking about the investigations into the case. She said the girl is under great stress and shock.  

“She is under the impression that the police are not doing anything in her case. But the counsellor has assured her and told her that seven persons have been arrested in her case. Throughout the counselling session, she has asked several details regarding the case. We hope that continued counselling will help her overcome nightmares,” said a source close to her family. 

The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) has already started the rehabilitation process for the gang rape victim. It has opened a bank account in the name of the victim so that the compensation can be deposited into it. It will also help NGOs and individuals to extend monetary help to the girl and donate money directly in her name.

“Ever since she got to know about the brutal rape of a five-year-old in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar, she has become more interested into the updates about investigation and related details of her case. In fact, it is after the rape of the minor girl that she attempted to kill herself. We are trying everything to divert her attention to positive things,” said the source.

According to the sister of the victim, she has been responding well to the treatment ever since she was shifted to a separate ward. “She is now talking to us properly and has started eating too. A counsellor comes to the hospital who interacts with her,” said the girl’s sister.

Considering that the girl had attempted suicide earlier, a security guard has been deployed to keep watch over her round the clock. Last week, the girl had tried to commit suicide after recording her statement in her mother’s cell phone. She was in a general ward then.

On March 15, the girl and her younger brother were kidnapped from a local market near her house in Shahdra’s Farsh Bazar area and taken to a house in Loni, Ghaziabad where eight men gang-raped her.


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