Life will never be the same again for eight-year-old Renu (name changed) and her family. The girl was kidnapped, tortured and raped for four months of captivity. Her tongue was chopped off and body burnt with cigarette butts.
The three accused have been arrested. But her family members, who hail from Begusarai district in Bihar, are still unable to understand why all this happened to the innocent girl.
Looking distraught in her Sector 10 house in Noida, the victim's mother, Babita, said, "Hand over the accused to us; we'll do justice to them. Or hang them." The girl, who managed to flee about two weeks ago, is undergoing treatment at AIIMS with a helpline bearing the treatment cost. Doctors said that the girl was severely traumatised and would take long before she could get even remotely close to normal.
"When I first saw my daughter, I could not believe my eyes. They had shoved paper balls in her throat, uprooted several teeth," said Babita. "She was even raped," her mother said before breaking down.
Renu's father, Sitaram, a labourer, said, "Sudhanshu Shekhar, an auto-rickshaw driver of Salarpur, kidnapped her on April 30 with help from his second wife, Poonam, and first wife, Rita. Rita has married another person, Shailendra, and stays in our sector. Shailendra was also involved in the act."
"Had the police taken action on our complaints, the girl would have been released earlier. We had informed the police about our suspicion but they took it lightly," she added.
The girl's uncle, Rajendra Rai, said, "We're poor, so nobody cares. Had our child belonged to a rich family, the entire city would have been moved in her support." "For one month, the police kept turning us away, didn't even register a case, and accused us of concocting a kidnap story to frame innocents. The cops at Jhundhpura police chowki in Sector 11 even accused me of selling off my niece," Rajendra said.
The state Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh Police, seeking explanation for the delay in police action and medical examination. A team of the SHRC visited the district hospital and met the victim.