It is shocking when abusers and accomplices try to BLAME the victim of abuse, by claiming that they are mentally deranged.
It is an unfortunate that Abusers (of all types-physical, sexual, neglect, deprivation) are themselves deranged, and in need of urgent help.
11-yr-old raped by father in Mumbai
23 Jun 2009
MUMBAI: While the Shiney Ahuja case made headlines within hours of the incident, an 11-year-old girl's complaint that her father had been raping her for the last three years went unreported.
The girl was taken to Sion hospital on Friday by her aunt in whom she had confided after being raped violently by her father earlier in the day. A medical examination of the girl, who complained of pain and burning sensation in her private parts, showed that she had been sexually assaulted.
"The initial gynaecological examinations leaned towards a fresh sexual assault,'' said a source. "The girl's history was taken by the psychiatry registrar in the presence of the paediatric registrar,'' the source added.
However, the aunt, who was accompanied by the mother of the victim, got cold feet when the chief medical officer (CMO) on duty told her that admitting the girl would amount to a police complaint. In fact, the CMO told them to go away.
However, when the shift changed, the next CMO tried to persuade them to give a statement to the police. The victim's mother was against it and instead started saying that the girl was mentally ill and was not raped at all.
"The mother of the victim alleged that the girl had been mentally ill ever since she got a head injury in an accident three years ago,'' the source said. Eventually, the mother and aunt took the girl away.
Dean of Sion Hospital Sandhya Kamat confirmed the incident but said, "We cannot give any details of the case as it will be a breach of medical ethics.'' She refused to say whether the hospital had filed a police case, citing the same reason.
Doctors say it is binding on any hospital to report such cases to the police. "In any such case, the doctor is either supposed to phone the police or send them a note,'' said Dr Lalit Kapoor who heads the medico-legal cell of the Association of Medical Consultants.