Ghaziabad: Maliwal demands death for rapist of seven-year-old girl
Delhi women’s panel chief Swati Maliwal visited the Loni rape victim at the Delhi hospital she has been admitted tonoida Updated: May 01, 2017 00:14 IST
The chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), Swati Maliwal, on Sunday met the seven-year-old who was raped and tortured in Loni. She also met her family at the Delhi hospital that the victim has been admitted to.
The girl had gone missing from a wedding on the evening of March 27 at Loni in Ghaziabad and was found semi-conscious in a nearby field the next morning.
The DCW chief said she will be writing to the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab for their intervention. The family hails from Punjab and had come to Loni to attend a wedding.
“The girl was found in a pool of blood. She was brutally raped and severely beaten. She underwent a long operation and is fighting for survival. The doctors said her situation is critical and she would need a long time to recover if she survives,” Maliwal said.
“The culprit, who is absconding, deserves the death penalty. He must be traced immediately by the police,” she added.
“I will appeal and write to the chief ministers of UP and Punjab to take cognizance of the incident and ensure strict punishment for the culprit. Since the family comes from a weak financial background, the victim should be given proper compensation so that her family can take care of her while she goes through the long recovery,” she said.
The alleged incident took place at a residential colony under Loni Border police station area where the family had gone to a relatives’ house to attend a wedding. The girl went missing around 7pm a day before the wedding when the hosts and guests were busy with rituals. She was found nearly 10 hours later at an adjacent field and was rushed to a hospital.
“Bahut ganda shahar hai (It is a very bad city). Coming here was our biggest mistake and we saw such brutality with my daughter. She has been operated twice and the doctors said her condition is critical. She is in a state of shock and is hardly able to speak,” said the girl’s father.
He had lodged an FIR for rape and under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act at Loni Border police station on Friday. Police said medical reports are yet to be received, but doctors have told them what happened with the victim.
Srikant Prajapati, circle officer (Loni), said, “She told police that she was assaulted by one person, but she doesn’t know his name. Once her condition improves, we will ask her to identify the man from pictures and videos shot at the wedding. Till then, we will have to wait. She also said that she was semi-conscious and was not able to shout for help when she was lying at the spot (where she was found) at night.”
“She has suffered major internal injuries. The perpetrator of the crime is expected to be a relative or a wedding guest,” he added.
First Published: May 01, 2017 00:14 IST