The three young siblings, who had been forced into sustained drug abuse for close to two years to make them pliable for sodomy, were on Sunday afternoon taken to the welfare centre of Kalavati Children’s hospital with withdrawal symptoms.
“My ten-year-old son suddenly got up from bed around 7 a.m. and tried to run out. The door was locked and he couldn’t reach the latch so he started wailing. He then went to the window and started banging his head against it when he realised he was too big to squeeze through its iron grilles,” Rajkumari (name changed), the mother of the abused children told Hindustan Times.
The children — seven- and ten-year-old boys and the eldest a 12-year-old girl — were drugged, gang-raped and sodomised by their 38-year-old school cab driver and four of his accomplices since March 2009.
“My children have been vomiting, having panic attacks and mood swings for the last three days. They refuse to eat and react violently when I try to feed them,” she said, as she broke down over the phone.
Rajkumari said she had no alternative but to take her children to rehabilitation. She was accompanied by a doctor from the medical facility and two constables from the local police station.
“They were getting severely restless and their fever didn’t come down from 103 degree. Despite my best efforts, I failed to give them any sort of relief so I had to go with them,” she said.
However, two hours after they were admitted to the facility, Rajkumari complained her children were made to take Crocin pills instead of any other medication.
“My children were locked inside a room with a psychiatrist and I was asked to wait outside. They kept vomiting and having pangs but the man inside the room kept asking them questions, even in their condition,” she said.
She said the staff there just wanted to do the paperwork and be done questioning about the case. “No one cares about what is happening to my children and the pain that they are actually in,” Rajkumari said.
The police, meanwhile, said they were questioning the parents of the two juvenile accomplices detained on Saturday evening.
“Three of the four juveniles involved are from the same school as the boys. Further investigation is also underway,” said a senior police officer.