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Raped and caged

FAMILY OF the Ashiana rape victim does not want to continue with the security cover provided to the girl. Reason: constables on duty allegedly extort money from the family, which is already undergoing mental trauma and facing acute financial crisis.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2006 01:10 IST

FAMILY OF the Ashiana rape victim does not want to continue with the security cover provided to the girl. Reason: constables on duty allegedly extort money from the family, which is already undergoing mental trauma and facing acute financial crisis.

Sabruddin and his daughter are not allowed to move out of the house without an escort. But, if they have to go out Sabruddin has to arrange for money, as the policemen do not move a step without being paid a fee for the service.

Whenever Sabruddin moves out of his house either for his shop or to some other place, the constables force him to pay money for fuel since they move on motorcycles. Besides, Sabruddin has to cough up Rs 100 everytime the constables escort to anywhere he has to go. The constables, on the other hand, feign ignorance. When asked why they were not letting Sabruddin or the girl go out, the cops replied, “In logon ko bahut khatra hai aur agar char hathiyarband log aa gaye to hum do log kya kar payenge?” (They are facing life threat and what could two cops do if attacked by four armed persons). It’s an out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire situation for the victim. From being confined to the protection home she is now confined to her home.

She is not free to go out and socialise or take a stroll in the local market, despite the security cover.

She is confined to the two-storied kuccha makaan in Rajni Khand. Her father is a junk dealer and the household often has not enough to eat. She has not stepped out of her house since Monday, the day she came home.

“The securitymen don’t let my daughter go anywhere. Just the other day she had to go out with us to the tailor but they didn’t let her. We requested them and suggested they accompany her but they didn’t agree. We want her to start living a normal,” said Sabruddin.

The victim is losing confidence lo live her life on her own and has started to hate men. She said, “I don’t like men. When I see men round me I start feeling tense, scared and uncomfortable. I am waiting for the day I will be able to lead a normal life and be myself. I want to study further and do something in life but in an environment like this it is impossible to think of an education. I want some kind of stability in life and I am just hoping that everything will be normal and my family and I will start living a normal life again.” Meanwhile, SSP Rajiv Krishna has assured that he would look into this complaint but Sabruddin must submit a written complaint.

First Published: Dec 17, 2006 01:10 IST