The young survivor is among growing number of minors from migrant families being victimised in Haryana

She was playing outside her jhuggi in Sector 56 here on November 22 when a man, in his late 50s, lured her to an isolated spot, on the pretext of buying her a toy, and brutally raped her.

The accused was caught by locals and handed over to the police.

He had battered the victim’s face and head with a brick and had tried to strangle her.

The eight-year-old rape survivor, whose family is from Rajasthan, has since undergone two surgeries at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.

She was shifted to Gurgaon’s Artemis Hospital on Monday, following the intervention of Sachi Shiksha Trust, a non-government organisation.

“The girl has received stitches for grave injuries. It may take us another eight to 10 days to ascertain whether she needs another surgery. Her left eye is swollen and there are injuries to her head and face. We are conducting medical examinations to find out whether she has injuries to other parts of the body as well,” said Veena Bhatta, director of obstetrics and gynaecology at Artemis Hospital.

Not isolated case

This is not an isolated case where a minor belonging to a family of migrant labourers has been raped. In a similar case, the five-year-old daughter of a hairdresser who had migrated from Uttar Pradesh was raped and brutalised in Sikanderpur. While the girl is still under treatment, the culprit has not even been identified.

“With the increase in the population of migrant labourers in Gurgaon, there is an increase in the number of such cases. The children of migrant labourers living in jhuggis are easy targets. Over the past one year, we have taken up 10 cases where the victim was a minor belonging to a migrant labourer family. And many more such cases go unreported,” said Sachi Siksha Trust chairman Pankaj Verma.

The number of rape cases in Gurgaon has gone up from 42 in 2012 to 97 this year so far. Though there are no figures available on the age of the victims, the Gurgaon Police also conceded that the number of minor victims has gone up.

Alleging that the administration seemed more interested in hushing up such incidents by referring the victims to Delhi, Mr. Verma said there was a need to carry out a sustained door-to-door campaign to educate these migrant families on how to protect their children.