The three siblings who were drugged, sodomized and systematically abused for over a year by their 38-year-old school cab driver and four teenagers are highly unlikely to lead ‘normal’ lives, says the psychologist who counseled them.
The medical reports of the children have revealed that “their (the children’s) veins are clogged with residual vestiges of intravenous heroin abuse” which, coupled with the psychological trauma of their prolonged ordeal, will ensure that they will never be the same.
“We are trying to make them come to terms with it. In my 15-year-long practice of dealing with sexual abuse victims, this is the most horrendous case,” said Dr. Rajat Mitra of Swarnchetan, an NGO that counsels victims of sexual assault.
Dr. Mitra is counseling the siblings, aged three, seven and 12 years, in addition to their widowed mother, Rajkumari at the Lok Nayak Hospital.
He said that though the family had shown remarkable resilience during and after their ordeal, the negative responses from the police and the country’s criminal justice system had inflicted irreparable damage to their psyches.
“Just imagine the state of the mother’s mind: she, a widow, stumbles on detail upon detail of the horrific treatment meted out to her children, confronts the perpetrators at each step but is never in a position to retaliate. That’s because she trusts the judicial system to take them to task; but when she approaches the system, it refuses to believe her and challenges her claim,” Dr. Mitra explained.
Mitra was referring to the local police’s antipathy to Rajkumari and their efforts to dumb-down the whole thing, as ‘rich kids’ were the perpetrators.
“In fact, I was surprised that the local police took so long to transfer the case to us. Instead of rushing specialists to the children’s aid, the local police subjected them to medical tests,” he said.
According to him, the juvenile perpetrators’ lack of belief in the same system coupled with the negative image of the police, lay at the roots of the horrific incident.
“The accused juveniles clearly seem to believe that the judicial system is something that can be subverted and the police can be bought. Such people, regardless of their age are dangerous for society; if an intervention is delayed, they will keep doing it till they die,” he said.