The father of the 13-year-old victim of Bulandshahr rape and robbery said that his daughter is concentrating on her studies to forget her ordeal.
The girl’s family said that they hope that she can fulfil her dream of becoming an Indian police service (IPS) officer.
“I am trying to erase bad memories by focusing on my studies. My only goal now is to go for higher studies and clear IPS exam,” the girl said.
The district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, NP Singh, has taken the responsibility of bearing her education expenses and got her admitted to a private school in Noida.
But her father, who drops her to school daily, is still concerned over his daughter’s safety as his request for a gun licence is yet to be sanctioned by the state government.
The Ghaziabad resident, whose wife and minor daughter were gang-raped on June 29 by highway robbers on the Delhi-Kanpur highway in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, said that the local administration and state government has forgotten them.
The family still lives in the one-room rented residence in a Ghaziabad village.
“The Ghaziabad district administration was not showing interest in helping us get our daughter admitted to a better school, where she can be safe and study without disturbance. Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate NP Singh learnt about my problem related to admission. He met me and my daughter and promised help. On August 29, he managed to get my daughter’s admission to a top private school,” the father of the girl said.
“We did not want our daughter to continue studies in the same school because she was not comfortable. Now she is recovering from the mental trauma. Noida DM got her admitted in class eight and she is trying to focus on her studies now. She is concentrating on her class work even at home to forget the incident,” he said.
The administration in Noida has taken steps to ensure comfort of the victim.
NP Singh said, “If she wants to become an IPS officer then I will support her in that exam too, after schooling. We need to help her realise this dream so that she can inspire others.”
The girl’s father said, “The UP government offered us flats in Ghaziabad that were in a pathetic state with foul smell . We requested for flats in Noida for our daughter’s safety but the Ghaziabad administration has not bothered to address our concerns in last 20 days. Political leaders and the state government have forgotten us.”
Ghaziabad district magistrate Nidhi Kesarwani said, “Once we receive a letter from the victim requesting flats in Noida, we will send the same to the UP government. We have completed all formalities at Ghaziabad for issuing the weapon’s licence. Now requisite clearances are needed from the family’s home district. We had tried to get her admitted to a Ghaziabad school but they wanted to shift to Noida.”