The three-year-old daughter of a single mother searching for a job in Jaipur was abducted and raped on Saturday, exactly a week after a suspected drug addict committed a similar crime on a child of the same age.
The child was abducted from the campus of Sawai Man Singh hospital around 8.30pm when she was playing after dinner. The mother lodged a police complaint after a failing to trace her.
The girl was found on Sunday morning on the hospital premises and rushed to JK Lone hospital where doctors confirmed the rape. “The girl was bleeding, was in pain and had wound marks on her back. She was in a state of shock,” JK Lone hospital superintendent Ashok Gupta said.
He said she has been kept in ICU after surgery. “Her condition is critical.”
The child’s mother, who is a person with disability, is from Ahmedabad. She said her husband deserted her five months ago and she first went looking for a job in Mumbai where she stayed in a government-run hostel with her two daughters.
“My husband too is physically challenged. To raise my children I came to Jaipur on Saturday evening and went to Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti centre at SMS hospital in search of a job,” she said.
The centre is for persons with disability where the Jaipur foot is fixed while crutches and tricycles are given free.
She suspected a one-legged, one-armed man at the centre for the rape. Police have detained some people for questioning.
This was the second incident of sexual assault on children in Jaipur in a week. On June 11, parents of a three-and-half-year-old lodged a police complaint that their daughter, was playing near a gurdwara at the Transport Nagar locality, has gone missing.
The girl was later found at an isolated area in Bagrana, around 14km away from her home. Police arrested on June 15 a 38-year-old suspect, who is a drug addict and a native of Punjab.
Shocked by the twin incidents, state women’s commission chairperson Suman Sharma said there should be zero tolerance on rape of minors. “It is very sad and painful,” she said after meeting the girl’s mother at JK Lone hospital on Sunday.
State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Manan Chaturvedi suggested that mothers should keep an eye on children playing outside, especially after sunset. “There is decline in moral values … subjects like moral science and sanskar should be taught again.”
The incidents triggered criticism against the BJP-led government.
The Congress’s state unit chief Sachin Pilot called the twin rapes an outcome of the deteriorating law and order in the state.
The offender left the girl at the hospital after the crime, displaying the growing audacity of criminals because of lax policing under the BJP government, he said. “SMS hospital functions round-the-clock and there is a police checkpost nearby. Still a girl could be abducted and brought back to the same place…”
Congress spokesperson Pratap Singh Khacharia, who visited the hospital and met the girl’s mother, said two rapes within a week in Jaipur showed the government’s failure in checking crimes.