Late in the evening, when they approached police, they were told a child had been found lying unconscious and bleeding profusely from her private parts in Rajendra Park area, around 3km from their home. They rushed to the hospital where the infant was admitted and identified the child as theirs.
An FIR has been registered under POCSO Act at Bajghera police station, who have so far reportedly zeroed in on a neighbour as the key suspect, though no arrest has been made.
The toddler’s mother said, “She’s the youngest of our three children. They were playing outside as usual when we went out to work. When we returned, we found the toddler missing. We went looking for her but couldn’t find her anywhere. After waiting for several hours, we approached Bajghera police, who took us to Civil Hospital, where we identified our daughter.”
While not confirming rape, doctors at the hospital acknowledged the possibility. Based on the mother’s complaint, police registered a case under Section 6 of POCSO Act after the medical examination.
The family named no one as suspect, but police is questioning all neighbours and collecting CCTV footage from the area. “We’re reviewing CCTV footage to investigate the matter. We have some leads and will arrest the accused soon,” said the investigating officer.
The toddler continues to be in trauma. “We still can’t believe somebody could have taken her away to violate her. People like us have no option but to leave our children behind to earn a living. We want immediate arrest of the accused,” said the anguished mother.
Following the incident, cops of Bajghera and Rajendra Park police stations carried out a domination exercise in the area that lasted about six hours.
All hawkers and shopkeepers were questioned, but so far, no one has admitted seeing anything. Police admitted they haven’t found any concrete explanation about how the infant was found so far from home. Sources said even crime branch has been roped in to search for the accused. “We’ve registered an FIR under POCSO Act and are carrying out search operations. Rape is not confirmed,” said Sumer Singh Yadav, DCP (west).
Police sources said the mother, in her statement under Section 164 CrPC in a city court, said she doesn’t believe her daughter was raped, but wants the suspects who hurt her arrested.
A senior police officer said they are seeking the final medical report to confirm possibility of rape.