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Saturday, Aug 24, 2019

Delhi 4-year-old ‘rape’: She knew something was wrong, could identify good touch, bad touch, says mother

The girl allegedly tried to push the boy away when he assaulted her, but his actions had injured her private parts, the victim’s mother said.

delhi Updated: Nov 24, 2017 13:48 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
A four-year-old girl told her mother that a classmate of hers had sexually assaulted her using his finger and a pencil.
A four-year-old girl told her mother that a classmate of hers had sexually assaulted her using his finger and a pencil. (Representative image)

The mother of the four-year-old girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a classmate of the same age in a west Delhi school last Friday, said her daughter was able to talk about the incident because she had been trained in identifying “good and bad touch.”

The girl was allegedly sexually assaulted with a finger and a sharpened pencil by a classmate in the school building, the mother said. The mother said the alleged abuse had left her daughter scarred and she runs away whenever it is brought up at home. She added the child says she wants to become strong in the future so she is able to fight off any assaulter.

“Since I had trained my daughter about the concepts of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ touch, she knew right from the beginning that whatever was happening to her was not right. At the school, she had tried to push the boy away from her. When she returned home, she kept drawing my attention to her pain and injury to her private parts,” the girl’s mother told HT on phone on Thursday. “She says she wants to eat a lot of food so that she can grow strong and beat up anyone who tries to hurt her in the future,” the mother said.

The girl, who is on way to physical recovery, has not been opening up with outsiders, the mother added. “Delhi Commission of Women members counselled her, but she wouldn’t speak to them. I had to step in and convince her that these were good people,” the mother said. The girl was, however, able to talk about the assault to a magistrate earlier this week or even sign any legal documents, she added.

The girl has refused to go back to school, the mother adds, saying they do not intend to send her back either. “If she grows up in that school and those classrooms, she will begin to realise the seriousness of what had happened to her. She will not be safe there and will be under constant threat of being bullied and reminded of the assault as she grows up,” she said.

During her visit to the school with her parents and police on Monday, the girl pointed out the location where she was allegedly assaulted.

The mother said she has written to the education department and sent a list of three schools with a request to accommodate her daughter in any of them. “We will do everything to ensure normalcy is returned to her life. We will rebuild the confidence in her,” she said.

First Published: Nov 24, 2017 13:39 IST

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