A little girl walks into the room, a frown on her face, and sits in the lap of her grandmother. She complains of back pain. A child complaining of back pain seems like a quirk. But the grandmother fully understands the import of the girl's discomfort. She tells her to rest for a while.
The girl was allegedly raped by the father of her sister's friend who lives next door last week.
"Look at what that beast did to her. She has been frequently complaining of headache, back ache and abdominal cramps since," said the grandmother who can't stop herself from cursing the accused.
The minor girl, who is quite outspoken for her age, doesn't seem to make sense of the things, but appears to be aware of something bad had happened.
"I no more go to my friend's home to play. They are bad people," she said.
The girl had gone to the house of the accused where her sister was playing with one of his daughters. The accused allegedly sexually assaulted her in a room and threatened to kill her if she revealed anything about it.
But the girl told her mother.
"I was devastated. I couldn't stop myself and told everybody about it at home. All of us went to burn their house but the neighbours stopped us," said the mother of the girl.
"Even before this ugly episode in our lives I had become worried about my daughter after hearing about that Pakistani girl who was raped and murdered. I didn't let her visit a relative's place where she wanted to go. But little did I know that there was a beast next door," she said.
The mother said that the girl has become disoriented and doesn't want to leave home. Insensitive local residents are "asking her all weird things".
"She will carry the stigma all her life. This kills me every moment," she said.
The police have arrested the accused, Irshad Ahmad Shah, a father of two girls.
Station house officer Firdous Ahmad said the results of the girl's medical examination conducted by doctors are yet to come.
"It was clearly an attempt to rape. I went to see the girl thrice because she is too young and it is very important to not let her slip into depression," he said.