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Monday, March 14, 2011
Shame to Nation: Senior Citizen 77-year-old raped in Delhi as cops pass buck
One more Senior Citizen raped in national capital New Delhi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whats happening more and more crime against elderly women on rise.Its Elder Abuse,there is no excuse for this. Government , Police and Civil Society - we all are responsible fro not able to stop this , we need to change our mindset. Human Right Activist , National Commission on Women , People working with Elders and women all should come together and STOP growing incidence of crime against elderly women and Senior Citizens all over the country ,specially in Urban area. The guilty to be punished and police personnel be booked for the crime in their area. This elderly women needs to be give psycho social care also. How can we tolerate this !!!!!!!!
A 77-year-old woman was allegedly raped and beaten by an unidentified rickshawpuller in Rohini, northwest Delhi, for over eight hours on Friday even as three police stations passed the buck, saying the crime did not fall within their jurisdiction.
Family members of the victim claimed that they visited the sector 7 police station -- as she was last seen in that area -- the K N Katju police station -- where the victim's family lives and where the rickshaw was headed -- and the Prashant Vihar police station, where the family was directed by the police. But they were given the run-around even after the victim had been missing for several hours.
"We hunted for her on our own till 2.30am. If the police had helped, she would have been found as the assailant was camping minutes away from the police station. Perhaps he would have been even caught and she wouldn`t have to go through the trauma that she did," said the victim's son.
The victim was finally found bruised, beaten and sexually assaulted barely 200 metres from K N Katju Marg police station at 6.30am on Saturday morning. A case of voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation, rape and causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit offence was finally registered at the station only at 1.40pm.
The victim was rushed to Ambedkar Hospital in a critical condition after she was found by some locals who helped her reach home on Saturday morning. She is currently in the intensive care unit.
She was returning to her residence in Sector 15, Rohini, from her sister`s house in Sector 7 when the incident took place. Her sister had helped her hail the rickshaw around 6.30pm. Speaking to TOI, the victim recounted, "I got into the rickshaw and paid the man Rs 25. However, the moment my sister went inside, the rickshawpuller demanded more money and I even agreed to that. But while engaging me in conversation, he forced a handkerchief on my nose after which I lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness, I realized that he had taken me somewhere else. I begged him to let me go and take my cash and jewellery instead but he dragged me by the hair to a deserted spot and punched me several times and then attempted to rape me. I am an old woman and he got frustrated and beat me again."
The unidentified assailant allegedly had taken her to a deserted plot near Japanese Park, near the K N Katju police station. The victim`s son explained, "She told us that she had lost count as to how many times she had been beaten up and how many times he attempted to rape her. The assailant did not take away the gold bangles and diamond earrings that she was wearing even though she threw the money she had with her, hoping he would leave her alone. She told us that he beat her every time she came to her senses and she would lose consciousness again. He allegedly remained with her till about 2.30am and even told her around 2am that some men had come looking for her when we were searching for her in the vicinity."
The victim claimed that the assailant finally placed stones on her chest and hit her repeatedly. "Around 2.30am he tried to kill me and I lost consciousness. I came to my senses again at 6.30am and called out to a labourer who had come to relieve himself nearby. He helped me back home in an autorickshaw," explained the victim.
"We had gone to one of the police stations to lodge a missing complaint for her when we were told that she had returned home. We rushed her to the hospital," explained a relative. Meanwhile, the medical superintendent of the hospital Dr. BN Aggarwal said, "The patient is still under observation and besides her physical injuries she was extremely mentally disturbed as well when she was admitted. We will give a formal medical report on Monday."
A senior police official said they had rounded up around 100 rickshaw pullers and were questioning them.
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