The survivor is studying in Gurgaon as the family looks forward to a better future

Almost six months after she was brutally raped by two men and locked inside a room in East Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar, the five-year-old girl -- who the nation later recognised as ‘Gudiya’ -- is moving out of the shadows of the horrific incident. The girl is now getting education at a prominent private school in Gurgaon and her parents are hopeful of a better future for their child.

This relief, however, according to the family has come after much struggle.

The child’s parents allege that their daughter was denied admission to any of the Delhi schools.

Then they approached the authorities including the Child Welfare Committee but in vain.

Speaking to The Hindu , the girl’s father said, “When my daughter was denied admission to any of the Delhi schools we approached the higher authorities through a CWC contact person appointed to us. However, they were not of much help. In the meantime, a person from a prominent private school in Gurgaon volunteered to take up our cause.”

Dilshad Garden CWC chairman Ajay Singh, however, denied the charges levelled by the girl’s father. “We have appointed a contact person for the girl’s family and she has been helping them with whatever they wanted.”

“When the girl’s family wanted admission to a good school, our contact person discussed the matter with the authorities. The CWC cannot help with education-related matters,” added Mr. Singh.

Their contact person Smriti, who works with the Human Rights Law Network, said, “I approached the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights and other such bodies. The parents were promised admission to the girl in a government school of their choice. However, the parents were not satisfied with the idea of a government school so they accepted the offer from the Gurgaon school.”