The neighbour of a five-year-old girl,who was gangraped in East Delhi in April,told a city court on Monday that he found the girl lying in a pool of blood after the public broke into a locked flat where she was held captive from April 15-17.
Deposing as a prosecution witness in a case against two youths arrested for kidnapping and raping a minor for two days,the neighbour said he heard cries of the girl in the morning on April 17. He alerted the girls mother and other people who gathered outside the flat belonging to one of the accused,Manoj Shah (22).
Apart from the neighbour,the uncle of the victim and the employer of the accused also deposed in court on Monday. The uncle told the court that he was informed on April 15 that his niece had gone missing. He and the victims mother then searched for the child and found her naked in the flat of the accused.
The court on August 6 had recorded the testimony of the victim who remained silent when asked about the incident. However,her parents broke down in court and said they had found her crying,naked and bleeding with gashes on her neck on April 17 in Manojs apartment.
The girl had been kidnapped and gangraped allegedly by Manoj and his friend,Pradeep Kumar (20). She had allegedly been lured into Manojs flat with chocolates. The girl was rescued and taken to the hospital 40 hours after she had gone missing. According to the prosecutions case,the accused had allegedly attempted to strangle the girl and fled the spot under the impression that she was dead. Their case fits into the parents testimony,both of whom told the court that they found gashes on their daughters neck.
The trial in the case began on July 24 after the court on July 11 framed charges of rape,aggravated sexual assault,kidnapping,attempt to murder,destruction of evidence and wrongful confinement under the IPC and the newly enacted Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act against the two accused.