In a case of identity faux pas, a Gurgaon-based NGO released a press note on Monday thanking the police commissioner for granting R1 lakh to the five-year-old rape victim being treated at Artemis Health Sciences, while the amount was actually doled out by the district child welfare council.
Clearing the air of confusion, Gurgaon police commissioner Alok Mittal said, “We have not given any monetary help to the victim and we do not have any provision for such a thing.” The NGO claimed that it mistook the identity of the benefactor of the victim as the fund had been handed over to the victim’s family by the police authorities.
The father of the victim also confirmed that he had got the cheque from the police. “The station house officer of DLF-1 police station came to us at around 11 am and took us to joint commissioner of police Maheshwar Dayal who not only gave me the cheque, but was also extremely helpful in helping me drop it at the Iffco Chowk branch of Indian Overseas Bank.”
Dayal clarified the matter further. “As the police is the interface between the victim and her family, and the government, we were given the cheque, issued in the name of the father of the victim, for delivering it. The police department did not release the amount,” said Dayal.
A government press release said that the district child welfare council had pledged to release more funds for the treatment of the victim, if required.
The five-year-old girl, who was found abandoned near the Sikanderpur Metro station on June 15, was initially examined at the Gurgaon Civil Hospital, where the doctors confirmed rape and referred her to Safdarjung Hospital for a reconstructive surgery. The victim was then shifted to Artemis Health Sciences on June 28. However, doctors at Artemis said the girl needed to undergo a re-surgery. The child welfare council’s pledge is sure to give hope to the victim’s family.