In a painful reminder of 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case, an 8-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur was brutally raped and left for dead with her throat slit on Wednesday.
The ‘little Nirbhaya’ was waiting for her father after school when a 20-year-old labourer, identified as Irfan Khan, took her to a sequestered place and raped her. The accused slit her after the inhuman assault and left her for dead.
The girl was found later in the night, she was found lying in a pool of blood and miraculously alive. She was then rushed to Indore’s MY Hospital in a critical condition.
Doctors treating her revealed that a sharp object – probably a rod or some wooden stick – was inserted into her. The barbaric torture of the 8-year-old girl reminded the nation of the brutal 2012 Delhi gang rape.
In December 2012, a medical student was gang-raped in moving bus in Delhi in a similar manner. She was raped by six people, who later inserted an iron rod and hands into her abdominal cavity and pulled out a major part of her intestine from the body.
The ‘little Nirbhaya’ also went through the similar pain and it took doctors two major surgeries and several hours to minimise the damage to her entrails.
The doctors said that although she was slowly responding to the treatment, her situation remained very critical. A doctor, who was part of the team taking care of her treatment, said that the girl was “too traumatised” even to talk.
The family of the victim demanded nothing less but the death penalty for Khan. Mandsaur’s Anjuman Islam head Yunus Sheikh backed the parents’ demand and announced that Khan will not be accorded burial space after his death.
On Friday, thousands took to streets and held a protest march against the brutal rape. The local residents were demanding that Khan be hanged for the inhuman act. Seeing the public outrage, police didn’t produce Khan, a habitual criminal, in the court and a judicial magistrate was called to the police state, who sent him on a five-day remand.