By: Tanveer Mann for Metro.co.uk
|The mother of an 11-month-old baby who was raped in West Delhi has spoken out about how she was snatched from her bed in the middle of the night (Picture: Cover Asia Press / Faisal Magray)|
The mother of an 11-month-old baby has spoken out about how her daughter was snatched from her bed in the middle of the night and raped for two hours.
The 25-year-old mother had been asleep in a tent on a building site in Delhi when she awoke to find her baby missing.
She told Cover Asia Press: ‘I woke up and she was gone. I don’t know what stirred me but when I knew she was missing I was screaming and crying for help.’
The family had been living in a tent while the baby’s father, 27, worked as a labourer constructing a new police residential complex in Vikaspuri, Delhi, northern India and couldn’t afford to pay for more expensive accommodation.
Remembering the horrific ordeal, she explained how it took police 30 minutes to find the girl.
Eventually, they found her in a nearby jungle area at 2am.
The mother said: ‘We shouted for help. I was shouting so loudly I woke everyone in nearby tents and everyone started looking for my daughter. I was crying for help.
‘We didn’t expect this. We were at peace. I thought we were safe. We all work together. It’s nice. We didn’t expect that something like this could happen.
|Police found the baby in a nearby jungle in an unconscious state with scratch marks across her body (Picture: Cover Asia Press / Faisal Magray)|
‘We didn’t do anything wrong, didn’t fight with anyone. I felt completely helpless.’
The baby was found with her clothes torn and with bloody scratch marks across her body. She was taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where she was treated for severe bleeding.
The mother now fears her daughter will suffer from long-term health problems after being taken from the bed where her husband and their four-year-old son slept.
She said: ‘When I saw the police holding my baby I was shocked, I couldn’t speak,. I was numb. I was crying. How did it happen?’
The baby’s father says he is overwhelmed with the guilt that he could not protect his daughter.
He said: ‘I am shocked. I never believed this would happen to my family. I don’t know what to think but God will now punish him for what he has done to my daughter.
‘We do not want to stay here now. We’ll go somewhere else. But right now, we cannot make any decisions, we are too shocked. We have to keep working and earning money but we are too devastated to think clearly.’
The girl is now recovering after needing stitches.
Vijay Singh, 42, has been arrested and charged with rape and remains in custody.
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