Shivani murder case: Doctor weeps as he recounts horror inflicited by parents
Feb 23, 2013, 02:52 AM IST
Indore:The trial in the monstrous killing of six-year old Shivani by her own foster parents, Rajesh and Baby, began on Thursday in Indore. The trial by a fast-track court even continued on Friday, with 12 witnesses testifying in two days.
Dr AK Rastogi, who conducted the post-mortem of Shivani, gave his assent to horrendous allegations of torture, rape and every other imaginable brutality which Rajesh and his wife inflicted upon the victim. Rastogi also revealed that some iron instruments were found inside the girl’s stomach, which either were given by the accused or were eaten by the girl. Around 31 brutal injury marks were discovered on her body, along with other small injuries. Rastogi also said that six-year old was being raped by Rajesh for five months before she succumbed to her horror in September 2012. The doctor wept as he narrated the plight of the innocent girl.
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Shivani had been beaten to death by her foster parents, who were actually her maternal uncle and aunt, in Indore in last week of September. It is alleged that six-year old was beaten and tortured on a routine basis, and was kept in confinement by the accused. Immediately after her death, the neighbours had known that her foster parents must have killed her. After they were arrested on September 28, 2012, the locals took to streets and blocked the Agra-Mumbai highway. The locals had then demanded that Rajesh and his wife should be handed over to them.
After Rastogi, came the neighbours of Shivani. Over whole of Thursday and Friday, they re-constructed a horror scene which they had been witnessing while Shivani was alive. One of her neighbours claimed that he saw Rajesh inserting an iron rod into the nose of six-year old. When he went to his house to protest, he was threatened with a gun by Rajesh.
As the trial proceeded, the actual father of Shivani sat in a corner and wept inconsolably. He refused to talk to anybody. A father of six children, he had given one of his girls to relative Rajesh so that her daughter could lead a better life in a big city.