NEW DELHI: A 13- year- old mentally challenged girl who was allegedly raped, assaulted and then left to die at the railway tracks in Southeast Delhi’s Pul Prahladpur early this month is battling for her life at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
The girl, suffering from Down’s syndrome, has bite marks on her neck and bruises on her abdomen and private parts. The incident happened on May 13.
Police on Wednesday apprehended a teenager, a local, and registered a case of rape and attempt to murder against him. Police investigation showed the teenager, a juvenile, had allegedly molested the victim a few months ago but she could not report the matter to her guardians due to her impairment.
On May 13, he allegedly dragged her to the bushes where he repeatedly raped her until she fell unconscious. He allegedly tried to slit her throat with a sharp object and then dumped her on the tracks before fleeing, police said.
“Apart from other injury marks, there is a deep wound on the neck which suggests he tried to kill her. We suspect the involvement of more than one person. Investigation is on,” a police officer said.
The girl, who lived with her maternal uncle and aunt after her parents died, had gone to fetch water from a tank — a kilometre away — when she was allegedly kidnapped.
When she did not return home till late evening, her guardians went to the police station. The locals looked for her in the forest area near her house.
“Four teams went to the forest, the nearby market and houses of her friends but could not locate her. The next morning she was spotted along the railway tracks by a local. She was rushed to hospital. In the past one week, she underwent two surgeries and is under observation,” an investigator told HT.
The girl’s uncle said her clothes were torn and she was bleeding from her neck and private parts. “There were bite marks on her neck and she was bleeding profusely,” he said.
Her aunt was inconsolable. “I should have accompanied her. She could not talk properly and suffers from a hearing impairment also. She could not have even raised an alarm,” she said.
Doctors at AIIMS said she was stable at the moment. “She had undergone a major perineal repair surgery on May 18. She is in a critical condition but stable at the moment,” said Dr DK Sharma, medical superintendent, AIIMS.
Perineal repair surgeries are usually done after child birth to correct tears in the vagina and perineum — the tissue between the vagina and the anus. It is also done in rape cases in which the victim suffers from vaginal tears.
The cuts on the girls were deep. “She might need another corrective surgery in a month or so,” said Dr Sharma.
DCW SEEKS EXPLANATION
The Delhi Commission for Women has sought an explanation from police for not informing the panel about the incident.
Commission chief Swati Maliwal visited the victim at AIIMS on Wednesday.
It issued a notice to police station concerned. “The issue is that until the police inform the commission about the rape, the commission is unable to provide legal help and counselling along with any other special requirement as seen in this particular case,” the DCW said in a statement.
“Both chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and home minister Rajnath Singh will have to sit together, make a high-level committee and discuss steps to curb crime and atrocities against minors and woman,” she said.