Guardian rapes girl, docs seek sign for test

MP HOR­ROR Ac­cused un­cle is the only care­taker of the 12­year­old girl who was stay­ing with them ever since the death of her par­ents

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NATION - Punya Priya Mi­tra let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

BHOPAL: A 12-year-old rape sur­vivor could not un­dergo med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion as the doc­tors needed her guardian’s sig­na­tures be­fore the pro­ce­dure but her only sur­viv­ing care­taker is the one who has been ac­cused of rap­ing her along with his son.

Ac­cord­ing to Bhopal Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee (CWC) mem­ber Rekha Srid­har, the girl hailed from Vidisha town, but started liv­ing with her ac­cused un­cle in Bhopal af­ter her par­ents’ death. She man­aged to es­cape from his clutches and ap­proached the Kot­wali po­lice af­ter reach­ing Vidisha on Tues­day.

On Thurs­day, when of­fi­cials took her for a med­i­cal exam, the doc­tors said that they would need the sig­na­tures of ei­ther her par­ents or any rel­a­tive. The of­fi­cially ma­chin­ery fi­nally got mov­ing and she was ex­am­ined in Bhopal on Fri­day, but there is fear that pre­cious time, and pos­si­bly ev­i­dence, have been lost.

The mi­nor’s sit­u­a­tion is made worse by the fact that Vidisha does not have a child wel­fare com­mit­tee , which could act as her guardian. Vidisha sub-di­vi­sional mag­is­trate (SDM) Ravi Shankar Rai said that the term of the dis­trict’s last CWC had ex­pired on Septem­ber 20 and since a new one had not been put in place yet, the girl’s case was handed over to Bhopal CWC.

CWC mem­ber Rekha Srid­har said the girl was trau­ma­tised and had been con­stantly cry­ing. “She told us that her un­cle and his son had done ‘kharab kaam’ (Bad things) with her. She is scared and hasn’t been able to give the proper ad­dress her un­cle. Our pri­or­ity is to get her med­i­cally ex­am­ined as much time has been lost.

We will also try to get the ad­dress of her un­cle in Bhopal, so that po­lice can pro­ceed with their probe. The girl will be stay­ing at Shel­ter Home i n Bhopal.”

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