The world is proving to be a bittersweet place for the nine-year-old girl torn apart by a 42-year-old rapist two months ago.
Forty-eight hours after HT told the world about a father who, unable to afford a cycle, walks 4km daily with his daughter hiked on his shoulders to a health centre to dress her rape wounds, the do-gooders topped the victim’s bank account with around Rs 10 lakh.
On being told about the donation pouring into the bank account opened by HT in the girl’s name, the father said the money will give a new life to her daughter. “The money will give a new life to my daughter though it cannot remove the scars," he said while his wife stood by his side at the hospital.
The couple doesn't want to return to the village with their daughter after treatment.
“We want her to get good education in any residential school away from the prowling eyes of demons like Surendra Sardar (the rapist), who is now in jail,” the father said.
Scores of people from around the world, seething with anger at the devilish rapist, wrote and called up HT asking how they can help. Almost all promised, and delivered, money.
The administration revived a frozen bank account of the father and deposited Rs 1 lakh as ordered by the high court.
More than the money, what stood out was the concern people showed to the parents and the girl who underwent colectomy to remove her intestine punctured by the rapist.
Among the offers of help, Medanta Hospital promised free treatment.
They took her to their Ranchi hospital. Over two days, she underwent multiple tests and scans, which suggested further surgery.
“Her MRI (pelvis) and sigmoidiscopy were done. Operation for perineal tear at the lower part of the genitalia has been planned. All other investigations including blood test were found normal,” said Dr PD Sinha, medical superintendent.
Centre head Dr HP Singh said three senior consultants from general surgery, gastroenterology and gynecology were attending the patient.
“We are hopeful of her speedy recovery,” he said.
Two women guards of Jharkhand police have been deputed at the entrance of the cabin where the child has been admitted. Outsiders, including media personnel, have been prohibited from interacting with the family as the child is in a deep shock and reacts sharply to strangers.
Doctors said she was not letting her mother go even for a second. They examined the child under sedation at the operation theater.
“Her mother was weeping all through the period while the investigations were being conducted,” said Dr Sinha said.