Among the thousands of people who took the Yellow and Violet lines of Metro on the morning of May 30 was a 19-year-old woman who was travelling with a dead eight-month-old baby in her arms.
The night before, she had been subjected to unimaginable barbarism. She was raped by three men – the driver and two “co-passengers” of a shared auto she had got into with her baby girl, as reported by TOI on June 6. She had then watched in horror as one of the men flung her baby on the median verge of a road in Gurugram’s Manesar, next to the spot where she was raped.
In a place so dark and desolate, there was no one to ask for help. It was past 2 am when the men fled, and she waited till dawn, holding the motionless baby in her arms, before she got an auto to her in-laws’ place in Old Gurgaon.
There, a doctor told her the child had died.
She didn’t believe him. Accompanied by her father-in-law, she set out for Tughlakabad in Delhi, where her parents live. They boarded a Metro and visited another doctor who also told her the baby had died. With the body in her arms, she returned to Gurugram, this time to file a police case. She got off at the MG Road station, where her husband and cops were waiting.
The bereaved mother and rape survivor, according to the FIR lodged at the Manesar police station are just 19-years-old.
Late evening on May 29, she had left in a huff for her in-laws’ place on Khandsa road in Old Gurgaon, taking her baby girl along with her, after a fight with her immediate neighbours. She hadn’t wanted to spend the night in the house, in a village near IMT Manesar, in such an acrimonious atmosphere as her husband was away for work.
On NH-8, she got a lift from a truck driver. But she got off minutes later as the man seemed heavily drunk and was harassing her. She then waved down a shared auto that was headed towards Gurugram. There were two men in the passenger seats. It had seemed like any other auto ride till the driver suddenly took a U-turn on the highway, before Kherki Daula toll plaza.
The two men in the passenger seat then started making sexual advances at her. The baby was crying but that only irritated them, made them more aggressive. “Some distance after taking the U-turn, the driver stopped the auto and said to one of the other men, ‘Hari, khaana la’ (Hari, bring food),” says the FIR, quoting the woman.