STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 24 July
The trial in the rape case of a five-year-old child today commenced in a city court. The case allegedly involves two youths as accused.
During today’s proceeding the girl’s mother burst into tears during her testimony. The mother got back her composure after being consoled by the judge and lawyers.
Later, she identified accused Manoj Shah saying he was one of the two who had raped her daughter.
Deposing before Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Garg, the woman said she knows only Manoj as he was their neighbour and she does not know co-accused Pradeep Kumar.
The court fixed 1 August for recording statements of the victim and her father in the case.
The 23-year-old woman, the first prosecution witness in the case, told the court that her daughter had been missing since 15 April and on the morning of 17 April, she was found locked in a room in the same building where they stay.
"When we broke the lock of the room, where Manoj was staying on rent, the minor was found crying and she was bleeding," she said.
She added that there were marks on the child’s neck which support the police theory that the accused had tried to kill the girl by strangulating and slitting her throat.
"When the police reached the spot in Gandhi Nagar area of East Delhi, the family members and cops took the child to a hospital where doctors took out pieces of candle and bottle from her body," said the woman.
On being asked by defence counsel R S Juneja if she had any enmity with the accused, the woman replied in negative.
The woman denied suggestions of the counsel for the accused that Manoj had gone to his native place in Bihar during the time when her daughter was kidnapped and raped.