| Kanika Mehta | NEW DELHI:

A day after DCW chief Swati Maliwal paid visit to the minor gangrape survivor at the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Outer Delhi, father of the seven-year-old girl told The Pioneer how his daughter was denied treatment by the Maharishi Valmiki Hospital. The man had to travel for 11 kilometres to get his bleeding daughter treated.

The 40-year-old labourer said, “On November 3, the day my daughter was gang-raped, I took her to Maharishi Valmiki Hospital around 7pm but they refused to offer her treatment saying that they do not have the facility to treat rape victims. Later, I took my daughter to Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini Sector 5 where she was treated and police were informed.”

The incident took place in the JJ cluster of Savda Ghevra, added the father.

“The victim’s condition is under control and no major surgery was required. We will discharge the minor by Wednesday after observing her condition,” said Ambedkar Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Puneeta Mahajan.

On being asked if he reported the matter to the police, the girl’s father added, “I have five daughters. After the incident, I am scared about the safety of my other daughters so I did not immediately report the matter to the police. It was later when Swati Maliwal came to meet my daughter at the hospital that I mustered up the courage to take action against the ones who left my daughter bleeding and in tremendous pain,”

Narrating the ordeal, the girl’s father, a native of Kushi Nagar in UP, said, “My wife had gone to our village for Chatth Puja leaving behind the children under my care. On the afternoon of November 3, when the girl, a class three student returned home from school, she accompanied her 12-year-old sister to a public toilet, 500 metres away from our house.”

Teary eyed, the father continued, “It (the rape) would not have happened if there were proper toilets in the area,”

He further said, “While my elder daughter went inside, the younger one was lured by two -three youths who offered her a joyride. They left her profusely bleeding outside the same public toilet.” “This is not the first time that a girl has been raped. There have been numerous cases of molestation, rape and eve-teasing in our area. Despite police patrolling in our area, criminals have a free hand in our area, he added.

Police, meanwhile, said that a case under relevant sections of the POCSO has been registered at the Kanjhawala police station against the accused who are still at large.