Hours after a 13-year-old girl was found unconscious near a railway track in southeast Delhi’s Pul Prahladpur on May 18, Delhi Police had no idea who she was and where she was from.
The mentally challenged girl, who had been raped, found it difficult to communicate with doctors and police officials.
Even after the registration of an FIR, police were still trying to establish the identity of the victim, who was recuperating in a hospital. The first breakthrough in the case came during a counselling session, when the victim was interacting with a specialist in the hospital.
As the specialist narrated names of various areas in and around Delhi, the girl identified Badarpur, where she lived.
Investigators soon realised that her family members, and a team from the Badarpur police station, had been looking for her, barely a few kilometres away from the spot where she was finally found. Police traced her family members to a local village, and informed them that the girl had been found.
“As soon as we zeroed in on the locality from where the girl had gone missing, we started questioning everyone there, from residents to rag-pickers. We questioned almost 500 people and detained 200,” said a police officer.
One of the local informers told police that the girl had last been seen with Vivek Kumar, a rag-picker. Another rag-picker, detained by police, gave them the same information.
Police started looking for Kumar and conducted a raid on his residence. “When we went to the suspect’s residence, we found him missing. We finally managed to track him down Wednesday evening from a local village, where he had come to meet an associate,” said the officer.
Kumar, 20, has confessed to the crime, said police.