Day in and day out, cases of women being raped in Delhi come to light. The cases happening in other parts of the country are equally horrific and disturbing, but by now, every one of us is aware of the fact that the capital of India can alternatively be called the rape capital of India, all thanks to the rising number of rapes happening here.
Thousands of cases are registered every year where women are assaulted ruthlessly. And an even larger number of cases go unreported for fear of social stigma, uncooperative behavior of family or authorities, or various other reasons. But however large or small the number of cases be, each incident is horrific, shameful and worthy of criticism.
One such case has recently come to light in which a 19-year-old woman was gang-raped by three men on an isolated road in Gurugram in the middle of the night. But the barbarism of the beasts did not stop at that. They did not think twice before throwing her 8 month-old daughter to death by hurling her at the divider as the baby cried when her mother was being victimized.
Even more disturbing is the fact that the mother had to hide all the trauma she had undergone for the sake of her child as she traveled for hours in a metro carrying the body of her daughter in her arms, only to learn that the child had died.
The Times Of India reports that late on the evening of May 29, the 19-year old was traveling with her 8-month old baby girl to her in-law’s place on Khandsa Road, Old Gurgaon from her house in a village near IMT Manesar. The woman had had a fight with her neighbor and she did not want to spend the night in the house as her husband was away for work.
A truck driver gave her a lift on NH-8 but she got off the truck soon as the driver seemed to be heavily drunk and was attempting to molest her. Soon, she saw a shared auto heading towards Gurugram which already had two male passengers in it. Considering it a normal shared vehicle, the woman waved a hand to stop it and boarded it. It was all fine until the driver suddenly took a U-turn before Kherki-Daula toll plaza.
When the two men seated in the auto tried to abuse her physically, the woman shouted and the baby started crying. Then the driver allegedly stopped the auto, addressed one of the two other men as “Hari” and asked him to bring the food.
Then he moved the auto towards IMT Sector 8 where they dragged her out of the vehicle and took her to a vacant plot of land. One of the men snatched the baby and covered her mouth with his palm. Then they took turns to rape the woman while one of the other men held the baby. But the innocent toddler did not stop screaming and this made the men angry. While they finished raping the woman, one of them allegedly threw the crying child on the concrete divider of the road.
Ignoring the entire physical and mental trauma that she had gone through, the woman picked her baby in her arms and reached a nearby factory Pencil Electro Ltd., looking for help. Since she did not have a mobile phone, she could not inform anyone about her condition. The guard at the factory asked her to wait for dawn and then guided her to an auto that dropped her at her in-law’s place at Khandsa Road.
With all her concern centered on her child, she did not disclose what had happened to her to anyone in her family. They consulted a doctor who informed them that the child was dead. The bereaved mother could not handle the fact. She decided to visit another doctor in Delhi.
Accompanied by her father-in-law, the victim of gang-rape traveled for several hours in Delhi metro to reach the doctor and eventually learnt that her baby had passed away. The woman, along with her father in law, returned to M.G.Road metro station in Gurgaon carrying the dead body of her toddler in her arms where her husband and station house officer, Narender Singh, were present to receive her. The police filed a case of the child’s murder and carried out the postmortem.
As per reports, it was only later during the day that the woman informed her family about her rape. As per another report by the Times of India, when the family reached Manesar police station to file the complaint against the heinous act, the police told them to concentrate on the baby’s cremation and let them concentrate on arrangements of the President’s visit on June 2. Reportedly, they also told them not to get into this hassle as they had lost their daughter already.
However, after inviting heavy criticism for their remarks and the family’s repeated visits to the police station, the cops added the charges of gang-rape to the complaint already registered.
Later, probationary lady sub-inspector, Suman Sura, was suspended for her carelessness and a special investigation team (SIT) was formed to trace the suspects.
It is shameful for a country to have men who commit such inhuman acts but it is equally shameful that we have a police force that ignores rape instead of standing strong in support of the victim.
The police has reportedly questioned a number of auto drivers but has not been able to trace the criminals. However, sketches of the three suspects have been released.
The police commissioner and SIT have visited the spot where the crime was committed and have also collected CCTV footage from Kherki Daula toll plaza from where the woman had boarded the shared auto.
A medical examination of the victim has also been conducted and her statement has been recorded in the presence of the magistrate.
The Times of India quotes police commissioner, Sandeep Khirwar, saying,
We registered an FIR on May 30 itself but it was of murder only. Our inquiry revealed the victim had confided in the sub-inspector about gang rape but she did not upgrade the FIR with relevant sections immediately. We have suspended the lady sub-inspector and are conducting a departmental inquiry against her. Our teams are on the job. We have got some clues about the accused and hope they will be arrested soon.