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East Delhi minor rape victim too ill to appear in court

The five-year-old girl, who was raped allegedly by two youths in east Delhi leading to widespread protest, could not appear in a court here on Thursday for recording her statement due to ill health. The minor’s uncle told additional sessions judge Sanjay Garg that she was suffering from viral fever and it would take her few more days to recover.

‘The victim’s uncle sought her exemption stating that she is not feeling well today and due to this reason she is not brought today. Her exemption plea is allowed,’ the court said.
It fixed 16 August for recording the statements of the child and her father.
Manoj Shah and Pradeep Kumar, who are in judicial custody, are accused of raping the girl on 15 April.

The girl was rescued 40 hours later on 17 April. The accused had fled after committing the crime and were arrested from Bihar, according to police. During the day’s hearing, the court recorded testimonies of two prosecution witnesses, videographer Monu Thakur and photographer Avdesh, who were part of the investigation.

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