CARE TO­DAY ap­peals to cit­i­zens for con­tri­bu­tions

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There is a five- year- old girl in Delhi who, like all chil­dren her age, loves to cud­dle up to her mother, play and talk about ev­ery­thing un­der the sun. Meet Gudiya, who is in re­cov­ery, af­ter be­ing bru­tally at­tacked and raped by her neigh­bour on April 15. This bru­tal rape has ripped her and her fam­ily’s life apart.

In one of the most hor­rific in­ci­dents in the NCR, Gudiya was raped by two men, one her neigh­bour who she had trusted enough to go to when he called her. The rapists at­tacked her bru­tally, insert­ing can­dles and a bot­tle of hair oil in­side her, then lock­ing her up at the scene of the crime, believ­ing she was dead. Mirac­u­lously, the lit­tle girl fought for her life at Delhi’s AIIMS. Though se­ri­ously in­jured, she lived to see an­other day.

Re­cently, Par­lia­ment passed the Crim­i­nal Law ( Amend­ment) Bill, 2013, lay­ing down strin­gent pun­ish­ment for crimes against women, even death. But even that has not de­terred crim­i­nals. One in three rape vic­tims in In­dia is a child. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Delhi- based NGO Asian Cen­tre for Hu­man Rights, there has been a 336 per cent jump in child rape cases be­tween 2001 and 2011 in In­dia, to­talling 48,338 in a decade. We must take ac­tion and help Gudiya. Still vul­ner­a­ble, she needs to re­dis­cover her child­hood, and learn to live life one step at a time.

Care To­day is launch­ing an ap­peal to sup­port her. We re­quest donors to con­trib­ute to this cause and en­able us to re­spond to the child’s needs. Ev­ery con­tri­bu­tion will make a dif­fer­ence and will go a long way to­wards giv­ing Gudiya a chance at a happy and nor­mal fu­ture. Fifty per cent of the do­nated amount is el­i­gi­ble for in­come tax de­duc­tion un­der Sec­tion 80G of the In­come Tax Act. Con­tri­bu­tions more than Rs 5,000 and above will be listed in IN­DIA TO­DAY.

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