Six-year-old Rimjim, affected by paralysis, is in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Nashik for more than a week battling for life.
This is after her father, and his family, allegedly banged her head against the stone tiled floor of the Nashik court.
The Nashik police have booked Rimjim’s father Nilesh Kulkarni, along with three of his family, for attempt to murder.
According to Revati Kulkarni, Rimjim’s mother, she and Rimjim went to the court last week for a hearing of a case she had filed against her husband and in-laws under the Domestic Violence Act.
The court was to decide on Revati's plea to direct Nilesh to bear the cost of Rimjim’s treatment at a speciality hospital in Badlapur, Thane.
Revati had alleged in court that after Rimjim’s birth in 2003, Nilesh and his parents had attempted to kill her by poisoning her as they wanted a boy.
The girl survived but with a permanent disability, she alleged.
“When Revati and Rimjim came out of the court, her relatives were already present there and assaulted them. They banged Rimjim [against the floor],” said Revati’s lawyer Umesh Walzade.
“My in-laws and husband fled after that and I went to police station,” said Revati in her police complaint.
Revati registered an offence against her husband and in-laws.
Rimjim is under round-the-clock observation at the intensive care unit.
“Initially the police registered a non-cognisable case that was later converted
into a case of attempt to murder against her [Revati’s] husband and in-laws,” said Walzade.
Police Inspector B. Gote of Nashik’s Sakarwada police station said that Nilesh and three of his family have been booked for attempted murder.
Revati, a post graduate in business administration, married Nilesh in 2000.
“In 2007, she filed a case of cruelty against her husband and in-laws and in 2009 she filed a case of domestic violence,” said Walzade.
Despite attempts, Nilesh and his family members could not be contacted for comments.