Among all the victims, men and women, at the brick kiln, only one had the courage to stand up to the armed assailants – a frail 20-year-old widow. Before they could rape her, the woman had hit one of the assailants on the head with a stick.
She said that when she resisted being raped, those assaulting her went berserk. She has ended up with injuries all over her body.
“They pushed me to the ground and started kicking me in the abdomen, on the legs and all over the body till I fainted. One of them later picked me up and raped me while the other stood guard outside the room...” said the 20-year-old, who also has a minor daughter.
Although her 70-year-old father is proud that his daughter was the only one who fought the six armed men, he is shattered as both his daughter and his daughter-in-law have been raped.
“I had borrowed Rs 1 lakh and got my daughter and my son married. Later, her husband died in an accident and she came to me. She has been working at the kiln and is like a son to me. The robbers were brutal... they even threw my infant granddaughter away during the incident. All men, including me, were hearing their cries in the adjacent room where we were tied up and held at gunpoint... No one had courage to challenge the armed robbers... but my daughter did,” he said.
“After the incident when I was untied, my daughter came to me and said that she was searching for a knife in the room where she was raped. She said had she got a knife, she would have either murdered the robber or killed herself rather than being raped... Now the future is difficult for us...” he added.
“We have been living here in this isolated area for over five to six years but no theft or robbery took place... Kharaab din tha... kuch haivaan aa gaye they (it was a bad day, some animals (robbers) turned this way,” the 20-year-old said.
Since the night of the incident, the affected families have hardly cooked or eaten anything and were fully awake even on the next night.
“I too slept at my office at the kiln with two licensed weapons and a guard. The workers raised the alarm two to three times at night and we ran to them. But they were simply frightened at the slightest noise... To our surprise, a police van also arrived late at night to ask is everything was ok,” said the brick kiln owner’s son.