An eight-year-old girl, who remained in four months of captivity and was found unconscious with her tongue chopped off in Sector 10 about two weeks ago, was raped too, a test has confirmed.
Her parents — Sitaram, a labourer, and Babita — have alleged the police earlier refused to register a case. "An FIR was lodged only a month after we had reported her disappearance to the police," they said.
The Sector 20 police station has also added rape charges in the FIR lodged. All the three accused, including a couple, have already been arrested on charges of kidnapping, torture and attempt to murder. Once the girl recovers from injuries and trauma, a magistrate will record her statement under section 164 of CrPC.
The girl had earlier alleged Sudhanshu Shekhar, an auto-rickshaw driver of Salarpur, "abused" her and his second wife, Poonam, and first wife, Rita, had aided him in the act. Rita is staying in a house close to the victim's.
On September 1, the girl had been admitted to the district hospital with "her body being burnt with cigarettes and private parts injured". She could tell her mother about the torture only a couple of days later. Now a report from the district hospital has confirmed rape.
Sudhanshu had kidnapped the girl on April 30 and kept her in his house. She fled on September 1. Locals helped her and took her to the police. Sudhanshu reached the police station and identified himself as her uncle, but the girl refused to go with him. Later, the police realised the girl had been kidnapped.
The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has already sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh Police seeking explanation for delay in police action and medical examination. A team of the SHRC has visited the district hospital and met the victim. The victim, a resident of a slum in Sector 10, had to be shifted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. The incident had angered locals.