Bulandshahr rape victims’ house burgled: 13-year-old says she will miss her electronic tabletUpdated: Mar 06, 2017 13:05 IST
The girl said that the tablet helped her connect with friends, teachers in her new school.(Sakib Ali/HT File)
The 13-year-old victim of the Bulandshahr highway robbery and gangrape said she will miss her tablet, which went missing after her residence was burgled on February 27. Her parents said that the girl is getting on with her life following the ordeal the family faced in the fields of Dostpur village, adjacent to NH-91.
The girl said that the tablet connected her to the world, her friends, new classmates and teachers, and provided her solace from the ordeal.
“The tablet was the only link I had with my teachers and friends. Now, it is gone and I am upset. I remember I downloaded Candy Crush, which I loved playing the most. I even reached level 200 (in the game). Anyways, I will tell my father to get me one after I complete the ongoing exams,” she said.
Her father said that the girl did not have exposure to gadgets earlier as his meagre earnings did not allow him to buy expensive devices.
“Earlier, I tried to use my uncle’s smartphone. It was not often he would allow me to use it. Then, I got the tablet and I always kept by my side, even till late night. I loaded WhatsApp, Facebook and also connected with my school teachers in a group,” the girl said.
She is now well versed with the technology and is getting a better exposure in studies and sports after being admitted to a reputed school.
Earlier, she went to a government school in her vicinity due to the family’s meagre income. The only child of her parents, the girl was born in November 2003 after her parents got married in 1999, but her mother had to undergo a series of treatments before the couple had their first child.
The 13-year-old is fond of wearing jeans, T-shirts and bursts into smiles when spoken to. Her parents say she is a ‘chatterbox’.
She replies at length but her conversations are mostly about her new school that has a ‘big playground’ and offers her the space to practice her favourite sport — football. Her friends, classmates, teachers, and subjects of Mathematics and English feature prominently in her conversation.
“Earlier, I did not get the head or tail of the two subjects earlier, but these are my favourite subjects now. It is because of my teachers who taught me well. Apart from the love for football, I loved my tablet as it used to be with me all day long. It was a gift from an aunt and I learnt the use of social media apps using it,” she said.
The girl had to sacrifice one year of schooling after the Bulandshahr incident. Then, she studied in school in her neighbourhood and completed class 8. However, she was then admitted to a reputed school, albeit in the same class. Her parents said that it was to familiarise her with new teaching methodology so that she clears her board exams.
“She is the only child we have. Her mother still faces some gynaecological issues and is being treated. Due to this, we could not think of having another child. Our daughter is our world. Post the incident, we are worried about her future and are working hard so that she forgets the past and moves ahead with confidence. She is determined and has coped well. Unlike her mother, she doesn’t speak about the incident anymore and is focussed to carve out a better future,” her father said.
“Her mother remains silent and doesn’t want to move out of the house. She is still sceptical and never leaves our daughter alone. I quit my cab driving job to pick and drop her to school. The same routine is followed when she goes for her coaching classes in the afternoon. Apart from her tight schedule, we also devote the major part of the day to be with her. The incident is no more talked about at home,” her father said.
First Published: Mar 05, 2017 22:30 IST