GHAZIABAD: “I want to be an IPS officer,” the 14-year-old Bulandshahr rape survivor told here on Wednesday. She has made friends with two counsellors from an NGO sent by the police and seemed clueless about the ramifications of what she’s been through.
The girl was forced to cover her face each time a politician entered the house and she was visibly uncomfortable with it.“We are trying to be empathise with the family so the survivors feel comfortable enough to share their agony with us,” said one of the counsellors, who didn’t wish to be named.
Among the few allowed inside the house in a Ghaziabad colony there was also a plainclothes police constable. There were eye-catching paintings hung on the wall, which the girl shyly admitted to having made.
The girl’s mother, who was also raped, said she would trust people who are seemingly expressing support to her and her family only when the talk was followed up with action. “All these people will leave after some time. But we want action against all the accused men,” the visibly upset 35-year-old said.
Alluding to the politics over the gang rape and attempts by sections of the media to get a statement from them, the woman said she was tired of it all and wanted an end to the glare of publicity. Too hurt by their ordeal, the woman said she just wanted justice.
Ask about their health she said, “Both of us are unwell. I get nauseous and feverish. Our wounds will heal only when they are punished,” she said.When asked to comment on the action taken by police so far, she said they had tried dialling 100 for an hour but got no response.
Deeply hurt by UP minister Azam Khan’s remark that it was a “political conspiracy”, she said: “If they really want to help us, they should ensure that my daughter’s future is secured.”