A DAY after a 14-year-old was raped and murdered as she was returning home after visiting a fair on the Delhi border, it has emerged that she was not keen to step out of her house that evening but did so only after her elder sisters persuaded her.
On Friday, her father, relatives and other residents of Kanti village also remembered the youngest child of the family as a bright and disciplined student of Class 9 who wanted to become a doctor.
The victim was studying in a Haryana government school till three months ago when she became the only one to pass an entrance test for Class 9 in a Delhi government school, 10 minutes away from their home, said her father who works as a labourer in a factory nearby.
“She was unwilling to go the fair, but my two elder daughters were excited and persuaded her to go with them. We never imagined that the visit would take her life,” said the father who also runs a tea shop in the village “to make ends meet”.
“She was very disciplined. She used to wake up early in the morning and clean the tea shop. She also assisted me in running it,” said the father.
“She was the youngest of the girls in the family. Her elder sister is 15… the eldest is 22 years old and married. They have only one brother, 10-year-old Lokesh,” he said. According to the victim’s relatives, she was very good in studies. “Whenever we sat together for a snack, she used to finish quickly and get back to studying. She wanted to become a doctor,” said a relative.
“Three months ago, several people appeared in an entrance test for admission in the Delhi government school in Class 9. Only my daughter was selected. We were very happy and excited. All that is gone, I will never see my daughter again,” said the father.
Other villagers remembered the victim as a “simple, quiet girl”. “She was reserved and kept to herself. I don’t remember her saying a harsh word to anyone,” recalled Anil, a neighbour.