4 years on, Nepalese man held for rap­ing 6-year-old

Had Left Child To Die In For­est, As­sumed An­other Iden­tity

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Four years af­ter a six-year-old child was ab­ducted, raped and left to die in a forested area near Okhla, a Nepalese man has been ar­rested for the crime. The ac­cused, Vi­jay Ku­mar Da­mai (49), had es­caped to Nepal and as­sumed a dif­fer­ent iden­tity.

Po­lice lured Da­mai back to Delhi on the pre­text of giv­ing him a job and ar­rested him. DCP (cen­tral) Man­deep Rand­hawa said the case was solved by a spe­cial team from Chandni Ma­hal po­lice sta­tion com­pris­ing in­spec­tors Binod Ku­mar and Ra­jeev Shah.

Around 4pm on Au­gust 10, 2015, the girl’s mother had gone to bring her daugh­ter back from school when she was told that the child’s “grand­fa­ther” had taken her away around 1pm. The school staff de­scribed him as a man aged around 50. The mother be­came sus­pi­cious of a man liv­ing in the same build­ing as hers as a ten­ant. The girl re­ferred to him as “dada”.

When the mother rushed to his room, she didn’t find him or her daugh­ter. She called her hus­band and they searched for their daugh­ter, but to no avail.

The girl was later found ly➤ Vi­jay Ku­mar Da­mai poses as the grand­fa­ther of a six-year-old girl and kid­naps her from school

➤ He then takes her to a jun­gle near Okhla and al­legedly rapes her

➤ Leav­ing her to die, Da­mai flees to Nepal. Cops launch a man­hunt

➤ Girl later found se­verely in­jured, rushed to hos­pi­tal and treated

➤ Da­mai de­clared a pro­claimed of­fender,

ing in a pool of blood in the forested area near San­jay Colony. A case of rape and at­tempt to mur­der was reg­is­tered at Okhla po­lice sta­tion. Sev­eral teams tried to lo­cate the ac­cused, but they later found out that he had es­caped to Nepal. The team con­tin­ued its ef­fort to lo­cate him in Nepal. Da­mai was de­clared a pro­claimed of­fender by a court and a chargeshee­t was filed in June 2018.

chargeshee­t filed

➤ While prob­ing other cases, po­lice start trac­ing Da­mai

➤ They lo­cate his where­abouts, de­ploy an in­former

A few weeks ago, DCP Rand­hawa asked his teams to work on old and un­solved heinous cases. Da­mai was traced to his home­town in Nepal through an in­former, who be­came friends with him and con­vinced him that his case was closed and he could ar­range for a well-pay­ing job in Delhi.

On Septem­ber 28, Da­mai reached Darya­ganj where po­lice were wait­ing for him. ➤ In­former makes Da­mai be­lieve that his case was closed, of­fers him a high pay­ing job in Delhi

➤ Da­mai comes to a lo­ca­tion near Darya­ganj for in­ter­view, is ar­rested

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he con­fessed to com­mit­ting the crime. He dis­closed that he used to work in a gar­ments ex­port house in Okhla and of­ten pro­vided fi­nan­cial aid to the girl’s fam­ily. The girl’s fa­ther had abused him on a few oc­ca­sions, so he de­cided to rape the child to teach him a les­son. Over the past four years, he had worked as a tai­lor in Kath­mandu, Bhut­wal and other places in Nepal.

SAN­TOSH DE­SAI

What is per­haps the most abun­dant re­source in hu­man his­tory comes to us in the spars­est pos­si­ble form. I am re­fer­ring to the Google search bar, the door­way to vir­tu­ally all knowl­edge that ex­ists in the world. An empty box, a doo­dle and a few words — it re­veals noth­ing about ev­ery­thing that lies be­hind it. The mas­sive colonies of servers that make this pos­si­ble are in­vis­i­ble, as are the com­plex al­go­rithms that power our search. Its enor­mous wealth is not for dis­play. What mat­ters is not what it has but what we need, when we need it.

Our ex­ist­ing men­tal model of abun­dance is very dif­fer­ent. The wealthy look rich, and be­have ac­cord­ingly. The learned carry the bur­den of their eru­di­tion in some form or the other. Our clothes are our sta­tion in life, the vo­cab­u­lary we use ad­ver­tises what we know. Pos­sess­ing any form of wealth marks us, changes us. Google’s abun­dance is naked, stripped bare of any pre­ten­tions. And it comes to us re­gard­less of the silli­ness or weight­i­ness of the ques­tion that it is asked. Airbnb, Oyo and Uber also own noth­ing, but they are the source of an enor­mous sense of plenty.

If we could have any­thing we wanted, when­ever we wanted it, of what value would wealth be? Why own 15 cars, or 3 houses, or wardrobes full of clothes, if we could get any of those as soon as we de­sired them. Af­ter all, at any point in time, we can wear only one set of clothes, live in one house, how­ever lav­ish, and eat one meal. As this col­umn had ar­gued pre­vi­ously, the idea of stock­ing things, of hoard­ing ob­jects of all kinds sim­ply be­cause we can af­ford to, makes in­creas­ingly lit­tle sense in a world where ev­ery de­sire is within a heart­beat of be­ing ful­filled. Viewed from this van­tage point, the very idea of sur­plus, so es­sen­tial to the eco­nom­ics of our time, be­comes re­dun­dant.

And this not a new idea. In a hunt­ing-gath­er­ing so­ci­ety, where the idea of

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