The public toilet and the area around it in southeast Delhi where an unsuspecting six-year-old girl was allegedly sexually and physically assaulted on Friday wasn’t unfamiliar to the minor victim.
Senior police officers investigating the case said the minor girl used the public toilet every day; she used to even bathe there.
The police said the girl’s father had used the same toilet barely minutes before she went to use it and fell victim to the assault. The father sells balloons to earn a living.
“Though divulging much would not be in the interest of the investigation, we have so far been able to ascertain that the child was victimised by a single assailant. The accused is plausibly a drug addict and several teams are looking for him,” said Ajay Chaudhary, additional CP (southeast).
Meanwhile, the minor’s uncle reiterated his allegation that the child was attacked brutally after she resisted the assailant’s sexual advance. Hindustan Times had reported it on Friday.
“When we found her, she was struggling to stand against a wall inside the toilet,” the uncle (name withheld for legal reasons) said.
“Her throat was slit with a sharp object.”
Though the police suspect the minor may have been raped, doctors treating her are yet to confirm this. The doctors also said due to the deep cut to her neck, she is unable to swallow any food.
The incident was reported on Friday around half an hour after the victim, a resident of the BIW slum cluster in Badarpur, was found in the public toilet near her house around 4pm. Her uncle had found the minor in semi-naked condition and howling in pain when he went looking for her.
The minor is currently in the ICU of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ (AIIMS) Trauma Centre.
“There is severe damage to the anal canal. We are waiting for medical reports to confirm whether it was rape, as she has suffered severe rectal-vaginal injuries. Though there is evidence of penetration, we don’t know whether it was a foreign object,” the doctor said.
“She is responding well to treatment, though it is too early to say for how long she would require hospitalisation,” the doctor added.