Minutes before she was abducted and gang-raped on Friday night, the two-year-old girl was playing with her grandmother near her house in a West Delhi locality.
“I was selling rubber bands and some trinkets outside our house. My granddaughter was playing with me. She was excited about the Ramleela at a nearby school. Soon, a Hindi song started playing and she, along with the other children, ran towards the school grounds,” said the child’s grandmother.
The girl’s parents were working in a neighbourhood tailoring shop, she said. “Minutes later, the lights in the school ground went out. We were later told that the generators stopped working as they ran out of diesel. The darkness caused panic and everybody started leaving the ground. We stopped whatever we were doing and started looking for the child, but could not find her,” she said. The girl’s family then informed some policemen in the area, who began searching for the girl.
Organisers of the Ramlila were also informed about the missing girl and announcements were made on the public system. The child’s uncle filed a missing person’s report in the police station. “We kept looking for her… the police helped us a lot. At about 12.30 am, one of our neighbours came running, and told us that he had seen my daughter wedged between two men on a bike, but we could not find them. My brother and a neighbour found her at about 2 am,” said the girl’s father.
“When I saw the condition my daughter was in, I wanted to scream. She was brought home… she said there were two “bhaiyas”. I want the police to find them and hand them over to me,” he said. The two-year-old is the only child of her parents. Her father drives an e-rickshaw and earns about Rs 6,000 a month. Her mother runs a tailoring unit and also works in a beauty parlour in the locality. The child usually stays with her grandmother during the day, when her parents are at work.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, West, Pushpendra Kumar and Joint Commissioner of Police, Western Range, Dependra Pathak visited the family and assured them that the men behind the heinous crime will be arrested. “We are with you. We will catch them,” Pathak promised the family members.
He told mediapersons later, “We cannot give a fixed time-frame for solving the case. But we will try our best and make some arrests soon”