Delhi court takes cognisance of 10-year-old girl's sketches to convict uncle of rape
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A ten-year-old girl got justice after being sexually assaulted by her uncle more than two years back.
The court sentenced the uncle after looking at the sketches made by the girl indicating sexual abuse and emotional as well as mental trauma.
Apparently, the girl was given paper and crayons while waiting to keep her distracted. It was then that she drew an abandoned house, a girl holding balloons, and a dress lying beside her. She chose dull colours to fill the drawing. The sketch was used as an evidence to prove her allegations.
The girl was disowned by her drunkard father after her mother died in Kolkata.
She lived with her aunt in Delhi after that. It was during this time that her uncle, Akhter Ahmed, assaulted her a number of times.
She fled her home and was found in a bus in November 2014. She was provided with care and rehabilitation and was slowly getting over her disturbing past. In a medical test, it could be concluded that she had been possibly assaulted sexually. Members of HAQ Centre for Child Rights counselled her and she slowly revealed to them her afflictions, but it still took them time to piece together a description of Ahmed. When traced in June 2016, he claimed not guilty.
In the presence of the additional sessions judge Vinod Yadav, Ahmed's lawyer contested that the girl had been brainwashed into blaming him of rape and could not be considered 'competent witness'.
After comprehending the girl's sketch, the judge said "If the elements of this drawing are considered in the background of facts and circumstances of this case, then commission of sexual assault upon her by somebody in her house after undressing her, and it leaving an impression upon her mind, becomes evident. Therefore, I find the child victim to be a competent witness. Her so-called saviour had committed repeated sexual assault on her."
The court sentenced Ahmed of five years' jail term and a fine of Rs 10,000 on the grounds that the sexual abuse was not penetrative. A compensation of Rs 3 lakh in fixed deposits was also announced for the girl's welfare and rehabilitation. It also praised HAQ counsellors Pearl Messy and Uzma Parveen for providing the child with institutional care.
"The legal battle is over. The girl lives in a children's home and is attending regular school. She is doing very well in her studies and hopefully the compensation will help to build a bright future for her," her lawyer and child rights activist Chandra Suman Kumar told media reporters.