The 10-year-old 'orphan' who was recently shifted to a juvenile home in Vidisha for allegedly burning the private parts of younger inmates at the caretaker's behest at a girls shelter home in Bhopal, suddenly finds her life transformed.
The juvenile has a woman claiming the girl to be her missing daughter, who is keen to take her custody, an expensive lawyer is ready to take up her case and everyone around is showering love and affection on her, which she has had never experienced.
Her new-found mother and her extended family living in a settlement of snake-charmers on the outskirts of Raisen, 40 km from Bhopal, are also having a good time as a lot of people have sprung up to meet their requirements in cash or kind.
But does this generosity from unexpected quarters being showered on the 10-year-old girl and her family is normal or is it to win a favour from her, who is a key witness to nail Kalawati, 21, an accused in the case of burning of private parts of girl inmates at the shelter home reportedly to stop them from bed-wetting.
Surprisingly, Kalwati has got a bail in the matter. National Institute of Women, Child and Youth Development (NIWCYD), an NGO that ran the shelter home, appears to be doing everything possible to shield Kalawati.
"Keeping the 10-year-old and her new-found family in good humour till Kalawati is bailed out is a part of this strategy," said one member of the three-member fact-finding team of One Stop Crisis Centre, which visited the family of girl's mother in Raisen on Friday.
The team, which visited Raisen, found the girl’s family was living in penury.
The fact-finding team tracked her father in Sanchi district, and to their surprise, the team members were told that he was an absconding accused in a murder case.
"We suspect that the girl's family has been lured by someone. Role of the family in the case is also suspicious as not a single member of the family lodged a missing complaint of the girl in past three years nor did they make any effort to find the girl," another team member said.
The team expressed apprehension that someone was using the family to save the caretaker.
NIWCYD branch head Rajiv Bhargava said, "The case is sub-judice. Let it be decided by the court. Then I will comment on the allegation."
Shelter home torture case
The juvenile has a woman claiming the girl to be her missing daughter, who is keen to take her custody
An expensive lawyer is ready to take up her case and everyone around is showering love and affection on her, which she has had never experienced
A lot of people have sprung up to meet the requirements of the girl's family in cash or kind
However, a One Stop Crisis Centre fact-finding team is apprehensive that someone was using the family to save the caretaker
The fact-finding team says keeping the 10-year-old in good humour could go on till Kalawati is bailed out