Mumbai, Aug. 25: The determination of the photojournalist to pursue legal options against those who raped her and return to normal life has drawn widespread admiration.
“She will receive all the support — professional or otherwise,” the editor of the magazine where the 22-year-old interned told The Telegraph today.
A top source in the business house that publishes the magazine said they would “welcome her back with open arms”.
“There are no two questions — neither can there be. If she wants to come back and work for us, we will be more than happy to get her back,” a senior member of the editorial team said.
The girl has started undergoing preliminary counselling. “However strong and brave, a rape survivor needs counselling to get over the shock and trauma. It scars a person deeply and counselling helps remove them,” said Varkha Chulani, a clinical psychologist.
Journalist and activist Patricia Mukhim, who has been following the case from Shillong, said the girl’s courage had given her immense faith in the strength of character of the youth of India.
“This is the voice of new India — fearless and ready to fight any adversity. She makes all of us proud. I am also immensely proud of the young man, her male colleague whose role has helped police nab the culprits,” Mukhim said. All five accused have been arrested. ( )
The girl had gone to Jaslok Hospital on her own, and her precise statement had helped the police identify the suspects.
“In most rape cases, the victims do not go to the hospital immediately. The delay destroys biological evidence. In her case, the hospital was able to act promptly and medical evidence will help us build a watertight case. Also, many are so traumatised that they cannot recount the incident clearly. Despite her trauma and pain, she narrated her ordeal with clarity,” said an officer.
The arrested suspects have told the police that after the threat to circulate video clips of the assault, they did not imagine that she would go to the police.
“The girl’s concern now is that the mobile clip should be destroyed. The police are going all out to find it,” said Niket Kaushik, additional commissioner of police, crime.