Five-year-old Sarah Lalduhawmi passes away at 7.30 am in Aizawl on June 10, 2012. Photos courtesy:-Justice for Sarah Facebook Page
Aizawl (mizonews.net): Five-year-old Sarah Lalduhawmi has succumbed to the head injuries she suffered from the cruel hands of her alleged tormentor, who on September 9 last, trashed her mercilessly for simply reciting the nursery rhymes she had learnt from her school.
Sarah passed away at around 7.30 a.m this morning at the family’s rented home in Chanmari West.
The little child lived with her family in a rented house in the state capital. On the fateful day, according to her grandmother, she had just learnt to recite some nursery rhymes at the ‘aganwadi’ school and the child was reciting excitedly as reached her home. “But, her voice struck a painful note in Laldinthanga’s ears, the landlord, who assaulting her resulting in severe damages to the little girl’s brain,” sources said.
Dinthanga is said to be a church elder.
The news of Sarah’s death has evoked strong reaction from netizens who took to Facebook to vent their anger and sympathy.
“Imagine an adult venting his anger out on an innocent five years old, twisting and hanging her in mid air by the ears, all the while targeting only the area of her fragile head. The damage done is unimaginable. This incident left her paralyzed neck down and was treated for epidural hematoma; a type of traumatic brain injury,” said the Facebook page that appealed to the government to bring the accused to justice.
Activists demand justice for Sarah.
Laldinthanga was arrested on May 11 by the Vaivakawn police but was admitted to the a Hospital the following day on health grounds.
A case was booked against the accused but only after civil society group, Child Welfare Committee, took up the issue. However, the case could not proceed due to certain legal procedures,” the statement added.The sympathizers also stated that the Child Welfare Committee out of frustration tried a out of court settlement and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh, which the accused rejected. Instead, he offered Rs 20,000 and the case ended in a bitter note.
However, a small group of citizens continued to stand by Sarah’s family. They contributed towards Sarah’s treatment and her daily needs. But, soon the poor girl’s father, the sole bread earner of the family, died in April this year during his sleep.
“We, as the citizens of India, appeal to the government of take action,” they said.
Meanwhile, there is no reactions from either the state government on what action it will take in the wake of an increasing number of crime against children. Recent reports
by the statistics department said that 80% of rape victims in the state were minors.
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