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Landlord throws out rape victim’s family

Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 04, 2013
First Published: 00:00 IST(4/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:34 IST(4/4/2013)

The tale of horror for the family of an eight-year-old who was raped on Sunday evening refuses to end.

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The family, already bearing the trauma of their child’s rape, claim that they are now facing discrimination from the society as well. While the landlord of the house— where seven members of the victim’s family stay cramped in a small room — has issued a notice to them to vacate the premises at the earliest, their neighbours have slowly started distancing themselves from them.

The family, already facing severe trauma after the horrific incident — which left injuries in the private parts of the minor girl — also are on the brink of starvation.

The victim’s father, the sole bread winner of the family, was sacked by his employer some days ago on a flimsy ground — that he skipped duty for a day when he was busy completing formalities at the police station to get an FIR registered against his daughter’s rapist.

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The family, now, besides living on hope and prayer, have started selling their household items for food.

The family’s troubles do not end there. After the incident, the brother of the victim was allegedly expelled from the private school, where he was studying in Class 1 without any satisfactory reason.

When his parents sought a reason from the school authorities, they were told that the management believed that their financial condition was not good enough to meet or deposit the fee of the school.

The parents, however, claim that the actual reason that the school threw their son out was because he was related to a girl who had been raped.

“They told us that we have not been depositing the school fee and that was why my son was told not to come back to school. If the fee was an issue for them, then why had they not brought it up earlier? Why now after my daughter’s rape?” asked the distraught father of the victim.

He said he is now actually mulling withdrawing the case.

Asked if the police were co-operating with them, he told Hindustan Times that officers at the Sangam Vihar police station had gone out of their way to make him feel at ease. They had started investigating the case seriously and had been chipping in with whatever little financial help they could to help him and his family survive.

“I have no money to pursue the case further or visit the police station every day. When I explained my financial situation to the police officers, they not only gave me food but also gave me some conveyance allowance,” the father added.

The eight-year-old victim had gone to buy sugar on Sunday evening when an unidentified man abducted her at knife-point and raped her at an isolated place. “She was dumped near her house late at night in a badly injured condition,” said a police officer.


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