For the family of the five-year-old girl, who was brutalised by her neighbour in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar, the trauma is not just psychologial. It’s economical as well.
The girl’s father, a daily wage labourer, is the lone earning hand in the family and he has not been able to join work ever since the barbaric incident.
“We have been in the hospital ever since the incident had taken place. We have spent all our savings and don’t know what to do,” a family member said. Sources said that the NGOs involved in the counselling of the girl and the family had offered some money but they are unable to reach the family.
“We are trying to get in touch with them but the police are not allowing us to meet the parents. If someone is trying to help, he/she must be allowed to meet them,” said Raj Mangal Prasad of Pratidhi, an NGO.
Experts have also raised questions over government’s compensation policy, saying it should be expedited so that the victim’s family could sustain the treatment and then subsequently paying for the legal battle.