New Delhi: As baby Falak continues to battle for her life, the father of the teenager who brought Falak to AIIMS now wants her custody. But the Delhi Women's Commission has stepped in saying they will oppose his demand.
Baby Falak is out of ventilator for more than 72 hours now and there is no sign of any post surgery complication yet. Doctors still put her chances of survival to 50-50. Doctors say recovery in a brain injury case is a slow process.
Police sources told CNN-IBN that they have pieced together the chain of events that led to the baby being battered. In June, the 15-year-old girl ran away from her father's home alleging abuse. The father, a vegetable vendor, had then filed a missing persons report.
The girl then lived with her aunt for 2 months, but ran away from there as well to live with Rajkumar, a taxi driver who has a wife and children of his own in Mumbai.
Raj Kumar then reportedly took custody of Falak from a friend of his and left the baby in the girl's custody around new year's day.
Police sources say, the girl, abandoned by RajKumar and having to care for the baby, battered the toddler in a fit a rage. Days later on January 18 she brought her to the AIIMS trauma centre.
The girl is now in a children's home and Rajkumar is absconding. Delhi police has dispatched teams to Mumbai to catch him and police sources say that the biological mother of Falak can only be traced once they nab Rajkumar, who holds the key to the mystery.
Police say Rajkumar's real name is Dilshad. He may also have other identities. Police have identified a crucial link. A woman named Lakshmi, who handed over the baby to a man named Manoj, who further gave it Rajkumar is being questioned in Delhi.
Meanwhile, a team from the Delhi Commission for Women is expected to visit the teen who brought Falak to the hospital at the juvenile home where she is not admitted.
The Commission said it will oppose the demand for custody by the teen's father. The search for Falak's biological parents continues. A police team is in Mumbai to find Rajkumar, the man who is believed to have handed over the baby to the 15 year old teen.
DCW chairperson Barkha Singh said the Commission would like to offer all sorts of help to the toddler including her bringing up and education.
"We have discussed the whole issue with the Chief Minister. We have conveyed to her that DCW would like to take all care of the baby including her bringing up and education," she said.
The baby, whose head was smashed and body has bite marks all over, was brought to AIIMS by a teenaged girl who claimed to be her mother but later turned out that she was not her relative.
Singh said the baby could be kept at children home 'Nirmal Chhaya' or in 'Palna'".
"There are so many people who want to adopt the child. We can give her to them," she said adding Dikshit was willing to pay the baby's medical bills from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
Dikshit has already said that Delhi Government would extend all possible care to the toddler.