New Delhi: A 14-year-old Dalit girl who was kidnapped, tortured, raped and forced to drink a corrosive substance died at the Max Hospital on Sunday, The Indian Express reported. The same men had allegedly kidnapped and repeatedly raped her before as well, less than two months ago. The girl’s parents work as safai karamcharis at a hospital.
Speaking to The Indian Express, the girl’s uncle said, “For two months she suffered everyday. She was forced to drink an acid-like substance after which she could not eat anything. Drinking water was also painful. She would vomit blood. Only one accused has been arrested while four are walking free. We want them to be arrested and punished”.
The girl’s family has submitted a video to the police in which she is seen saying that there was also a woman in the group of people who held her captive, and physically and sexually abused her. On July 15, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) intervened in the case after learning of it from media reports, and DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal had the girl shifted from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital to Max Hospital. The commission issued a notice to Delhi police, following which one accused was arrested.
The police are awaiting the autopsy report before they investigate further and charge the accused, who was arrested on Saturday for abduction and rape. “We will request the Delhi government to constitute a medical board for the post-mortem,” Madhur Verma, DCP (North), told The Hindu.
The DCW had also asked for details on police action after the victim’s parents filed a complaint on the threat to their lives in May. In addition, the DCW has sought a response to why the case was not registered under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, India Today reported.
After finding out about the incident as well as after the girl’s death, Maliwal took to Twitter to express her outrage at the incident and call out police and government inaction.