As the Choti Nirbhaya Campaign Wraps Up, Thanks for Your Support

The Quint in association with BitGiving has collected over Rs 5,00,000/- to help the four-year-old rape survivor.

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<b>The Quint </b>in association with BitGiving has successfully collected over Rs 5,00,000/- to help educate four-year-old rape survivor Choti Nirbhaya.&nbsp;

On October 9, 2015, Choti Nirbhaya, a four-year-old child was raped by a man who was known to her family. She was lured to a desolate spot by the perpetrator, not far from her home, with the promise of ‘sweets’. The brutal assault that followed caused serious injuries. Her family needed financial support to take care of her education and ensure that her future is stable.

The Quint shared her story with India’s crowdfunding platform, BitGiving, and we received an overwhelming support that helped us reach our target of raising Rs. 5,00,000/-

We would like to thank each and every one of our readers for donating, sharing and lending a hand to raise awareness about the campaign, and helping us extend support to a child who deserves a bright future.

The child has undergone a series of surgeries at New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, her recovery, however, will be a long and slow process.

The doctors have told her father that she will not be able to bear a child as an adult.

Choti Nirbhaya’s treatment at Safdarjung Hospital was at government expense. But at the moment, with both parents needed at their daughter’s side, their income has dropped to zero.

The family is also worried about the four-year-old’s future. They are keen to ensure that she’s educated and emerges as a self-sufficient adult.

A toy at Choti Nirbhaya’s home. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
A toy at Choti Nirbhaya’s home. (Photo: The Quint)

After spending almost a month in a hospital, she finds it difficult to stay in bed. All she wants to do is to play with her five-year-old sister – who, incidentally, has stopped going to school after the fateful incident.

Her father says the little one gets scared in the presence of a stranger. 

Her life is ruined already. Please help us get some money for her so that we can at least educate her properly and give her a better future.
Chhoti Nirbhaya’s Grandmother
Kids playing around the slum in Delhi’s Keshav Puram area, where Choti Nirbhaya stays. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Kids playing around the slum in Delhi’s Keshav Puram area, where Choti Nirbhaya stays. (Photo: The Quint)

Well known film and television actor Adil Hussain appeals to people to help contribute towards the education and medical expenses of Choti Nirbhaya.

Chhoti Nirbhaya Needs Your Help

Choti Nirbhaya comes from an extremely poor family. They live in a slum in New Delhi’s Keshav Puram area.

Her father is a daily wage labourer, working as a painter. Her mother works as a domestic help. Their income supports the girl’s grandparents, two physically disabled uncles and her two siblings.

A child standing outside Choti Nirbhaya’s house. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
A child standing outside Choti Nirbhaya’s house. (Photo: The Quint)

Nirbhaya, the December 13 gangrape victim’s parents share the pain of Chhoti Nirbhaya’s parents.

The little one’s medical condition is stable now. But she will be on medication for the next few months – till the perineal tear that she is suffering repairs.

According to a Delhi government report, the child is in trauma and needs regular counselling.

Chhoti Nirbhaya’s story has struck a chord with personalities of various fields. Besides singer Anupam Roy, actor Raveena Tondon, director Mahesh Bhatt, musician Raghu Ram, and TV anchor Richa Anirudh appeal our readers, to help Chhoti Nirbhaya.

The Quint Impact

The Quint’s initiative along with crowdfunding forum, BitGiving, has raised over Rs 4 lakh to support Chhoti Nirbhaya’s family.

The Delhi government also acknowledged The Quint’s reportage of the incident and announced help for the family.

The Delhi government is working to cut short the procedure so that the victim and her family can get the help at the earliest. We are thankful to The Quint for bringing this issue to our knowledge. We compliment the organisation for pursuing the case diligently.
Spokesperson, Delhi government

The government has announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh for the family.

A senior official in the Ministry of Women and Child Development has also promised The Quint that the ministry will try to help Chhoti Nirbhaya.

We don’t have money for such cases, which is very unfortunate but we will try to arrange money for the child and her family from PM Funds.
Senior Officer, Ministry of Women and Child Development

Keep your support coming. Let us all join hands and save the future of the innocent life.

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