In a heartbreaking tale, two girls, aged 3 and 8 were rescued from their home in North Delhi after they were abandoned by their parents for being girls.
The girls were locked up inside their house in Samaypur Badli for several days with no food. Allegedly, the parents had abandoned them because they were girls and left with their 5 year old son.
Their cries were heard by their neighbours, who rescued them and alerted the police. When the girls were discovered, they had several wounds on their body which had infected by worms, indicating physical abuse. The two sisters were then rushed to a hospital.
According to reports, the family was facing a financial crisis. The father, an alcoholic, was unemployed. The mother, frustrated of destitution, left with her son. The father followed his wife and left his two girls alone, starving and rotting.
The Delhi Police, who is looking after the girls for now, has contacted the Child Welfare Committee. The CWC has offered them shelter and protection something their parents, who are yet to be located, failed to provide.
The incident is a wake up call. As we celebrate the victories of our daughters at the at the Olympics, gender biasing prevails, taking up a new, and more grim face.