Survivor delivers stillborn baby in Dhubri district, family demands justice
Guwahati: A tiny village along the India-Bangladesh border in Assam’s Dhubri district is praying for justice after a minor girl, who was eight months pregnant, delivered a stillborn baby on Thursday. The differently-abled girl was allegedly raped by one Sadik Ali several times in the past eight months.
The accused is her neighbour in Gassapara village of Dhubri district in Assam.
The girl’s family got to know about the heinous crime only on September 3, when her father, a daily-wage earner, took her to a hospital after she complained of severe stomach pain. After conducting a sonography, the doctor declared her pregnant for the past eight months. The 13-year-old survivor can neither speak nor hear.
“I am an auto driver. I go to the borders for work. The mother also goes to the border to collect grass for the cattle every day. I have another daughter who goes to school. Taking advantage of our absence, one man called Sadik Ali, had been raping my daughter on several occasions. We got to know that my daughter is pregnant only after the doctor informed us,” said the girl's father.
Meanwhile, the victim delivered a stillborn baby on Thursday morning in her house. She has been admitted a local hospital.
“We filed a case in Dhubri police station on September 3. The case has been transferred to Dharmashala police station. But the investigating officer is yet to visit the family,” said the maternal uncle of the victim.
The accused is currently on the run.
According to Assam Police Crime Statistics, till the month of April, a total of 534 cases of rape and 1,229 cases of molestation have been registered across the state.
(With inputs from Illias Rahman Sarkar, Dhubri)