There is silence in the one-room rented accommodation in north Delhi and rage too. Parents of the 14-year-old Dalit girl who died after being allegedly raped, tortured, and forced to drink a corrosive substance by a man who had allegedly raped her earlier too, are hoping to get justice.
The girl’s parents, who work in a hospital as cleaners, had focused their efforts on educating their children. But their third daughter, who studied in Class IX, died Sunday. They saw her sink over 20 days. Two of their daughters are married and their only son is in school.
The victim’s mother said Monday their troubles started after a man, Shiv Shankar (22), kidnapped and raped her daughter. “Last year, we had registered an FIR against him and he was arrested. After his arrest, his parents and family members started threatening us. One day, they thrashed my husband after threatening my daughter to withdraw the case. When we informed police, they did nothing to protect us,” she alleged.
She said senior officers of Delhi Police were claiming her daughter had changed her statements, but no one was saying why she did it. “My daughter got scared after her father was beaten up by them and police did nothing for us. She changed her statement before the magistrate because they had threatened her they would eliminate her father if she did not do so. Later, the accused got bail,” she added.
“After coming out of bail, he started threatening my daughter again, saying that he had given Rs 6 lakh to police and they were supporting him. He was pressuring her to withdraw her case. When we objected, he and his relatives kidnapped her a day before the next hearing of the case and repeatedly raped and tortured her and forced her to drink acid mixed in a soft drink,” she alleged.
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She claimed police registered their FIR only after the intervention of senior officials. “She was not well when she came back and police did not arrest the accused or his family members. My daughter’s health deteriorated and she was admitted to LNJP hospital with symptoms of poisoning,” she added. She said the accused was arrested recently only after the intervention of the Delhi Commission for Women.
Police dismissed the allegations of the girl’s family. Police had recorded her statement thrice in the last seven months.
“We conducted a fair investigation and necessary action will be taken as per law. We are investigating the case and trying to ascertain the cause of death,” said Madhur Verma, DCP (North district).