Sitting with her aunt and uncle at their rented home on Saturday, the 16-year-old allegedly raped by the landlord and two others hardly uttered a word. The girl, who hails from Bihar, came to Delhi about 10 days ago when her cousin, an engineering student, requested her family to send her. The girl’s uncle and aunt had received several injuries in a bike accident recently. After the alleged rape on December 15, the girl, who has a speech impediment, has been counselled several times — by professional counsellors as well as relatives.
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“She has stopped talking. She is in trauma and is not eating anything. We are doing our best to support her,” the girl’s cousin told The Sunday Express. “After the accident, my parents could not get out of bed. We moved into this house on December 13 because the doctor said my parents needed to stay on the ground floor,” he said.
“We decided to call our cousin from our native village in Bihar for help. We requested her father to send her. She is innocent and has a language problem,” he added. The family said they are now looking for a new home. Another relative of the girl said he had asked locals about this particular home, where the monthly rent was Rs 5,500. “Nobody told me there was anything wrong with this place,” he said.
The girl’s cousin said, “My parents and I were sleeping, while my brother was in the market. My cousin was cooking when she went missing. We thought she might have gone to our uncle’s home nearby. But when we called him, he said she wasn’t there.” Her cousin said they started looking for her, but it did not occur to them to contact the landlord because they could not fathom he could be involved in her disappearance.