Over a month after a 13-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped, shot and dumped inside a well, her family, in a plea before the Delhi High Court, said they have not received any information or support from the police or any other government agency.
“The Delhi Police, in total violation of the law, have callously and insensitively disregarded the petitioner’s rights and entitlements under the POCSO Act…,” stated the plea, filed through Advocate Charu Walikhanna.
The girl, a resident of Uttam Nagar, was allegedly kidnapped on November 22, confined in a house in Greater Noida and repeatedly gangraped. On the night of December 5, she was shot twice in the chest and thrown inside a well by the men who had held her captive. She was rescued the next day after villagers heard her crying for help from inside the well. She was taken to a hospital in Noida and then transferred to Apollo Hospital in Delhi by her parents.
The plea, filed by her mother before the court, has alleged that they had received no support from any government agency and had to take loans to pay for the child’s treatment. The petition has sought court orders for the provision of legal aid and counselling to the victim as well as compensation.
Appearing before the bench of Justice S P Garg Tuesday, Walikhanna said that though the child’s family members had met the concerned deputy commissioner of police, they had not been given any information on the progress of the investigation. She said no steps have been taken to provide either psychological counselling or any support from the Child Welfare Committee.
The bench has issued notices to the Delhi Police, the government and the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and asked them to file a status report on the case by January 22.
Speaking to The Indian Express, the child’s mother said that a representative from the Delhi Commission for Women had approached the family on Tuesday evening and promised to help them.
“A woman police officer had come to our house Sunday and spoken to her. She was very rude… she told us ‘don’t change your statement or take any money to settle the case from the accused’. Why will we take money? We want those men to be hanged,” she said.