The mother of the 12-year-old boy, who was allegedly sodomised at Arya Orphanage, had told the authorities at the children’s home about the incident six months back, police said. They, however, chose to ignore her complaint.
“Uma (name changed) had approached the orphanage authorities, but they did not take any action against the boy who had sodomised her son. Later, the same boy raped the 11-year-old girl, who eventually died,” a senior Delhi Police officer said.
“Prompt action by the orphanage authority could have saved her life,” the official added. The police have recorded Uma’s statement, in which she has alleged that she had met the accused who had sodomised her son.
“When she met the boy, she slapped him out of frustration. But due to her poor financial condition, she had to let her son stay in the orphanage. After she came to know about the death of the 11-year-old girl, she informed the police about the incident,” the officer added.
The 12-year-old boy has now been shifted to another shelter home. Police said Uma’s younger son, a 6-year-old, is also living at the orphanage and they are in the process of shifting him too.
Arya orphanage, however, denied that Uma had approached them. “She did not file any complaint nor did she discuss it with us,” said Balraj Chaudhary, spokesperson of the orphanage. “The Delhi government has also asked us to shift children whose names have cropped up in the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) report,” he further said.
The police will also shift two girls — an 11-year old and a 10-year-old — to a shelter home as they are witnesses to the rape of the 11-year-old girl who died.
“One of the girls had seen the 11-year-old being dragged to the toilet by a 14-year-old boy, while the second girl was told of the incident by the victim. Both need protection,” said the officer.
Rubbishing Arya orphanage’s claim that the police did not have any evidence, a senior police officer said the statements of these two girls had been recorded in front of a magistrate, and this was more than enough to nail them.