Dalit teen rape victim battling for life

Dalit teen rape victim battling for life

She was kidnapped and assaulted again

Dalit teen rape victim battling for life

A 14-year-old Dalit girl, a rape victim, is battling for life on ventilator for the past two months. She was kidnapped days before a court hearing in May, repeatedly raped again and fed corrosive agents.

In the past two months, the girl has undergone treatment at Lok Nayak Hospital. Currently, she is admitted to Max Hospital at Shalimar Bagh under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota.

The girl’s family lives in a rented house at north Delhi’s Burari. On the basis of her complaint in December 2015, a rape case under Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) was filed against a man named Shivshankar.

On May 15, just before a court hearing, the girl was kidnapped from her house following which another FIR was filed with Burari police station on May 19. Police managed to rescue her in the last week of May and called her parents to the police station.

Her parents claim that she was bleeding profusely from her head. In her statement, the girl told police that she was kidnapped by Shivshankar’s maternal aunt Dolly.

It is alleged that while she was kept in confinement, she was again repeatedly raped by Shivshankar. Her hands and feet were tied and she was refused food during this period. Towards the end of the ordeal, Shivshankar and Dolly allegedly fed her a corrosive substance mixed in soft drink.

After her rescue, she was admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital and was recently shifted to Max Hospital.

On Saturday, Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal met the girl and her family members at the hospital. “The doctors have informed me that her chances of survival are extremely bleak,” Maliwal said.

The girl’s family has alleged that she previously changed her statements due to pressure from Shivshankar and that he is now trying to kidnap her brother.

The girl’s family claims that police also forced her to change her statement under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) before appearing before the Metropolitan Magistrate. It is also alleged that the girl was sent to a Nari Niketan after her statement was recorded.

The DCW has now recommended police protection for the girl and her family on a priority basis. A notice has also been issued to Delhi Police seeking a reply in 72 hours. No case under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has been filed so far.