New Delhi: The two-year-old battered girl admitted at AIIMS underwent another life-saving surgery on Monday even as police spread the net to locate a man who "adopted" the baby and gave her to a teenaged girl for upkeep.
Police also questioned a woman who got the baby from her biological mother and later handed her over to Rajkumar alias Dilshad (28), who left the girl with his minor girlfriend before heading to Mumbai for the treatment of his children.
Falak was admitted to AIIMS with severe injuries and is battling for life after a teenaged girl, who was looking after her after Rajkumar left the girl with her, got her admitted.
Though investigators traced him to his in-laws` house, Rajkumar managed to slip out of police net in Mumbai after his friends tipped him off.
Into her 12th day of stay in the hospital, doctors said that Falak`s condition has not improved much and she had to be put back on ventilator in the wee hours of the day.
After investigations revealed water accumulation in her brain, doctors were compelled to carry out the surgery in the afternoon.
Dr Deepak Aggarwal, a neurosurgeon attending on the girl said, "We finished a surgery on her brain some time back. Water had accumulated in her brain and it needed to be taken out. It was a bed side surgery. If we did not do it early it
would be fatal for her."
This is the second surgery she has undergone after she was brought to the hospital on January 18. "The first surgery was conducted for removal of a blood clot in the brain. It was conducted immediately after her admission here," he said.
Meanwhile the water sample collected from her brain will be investigated to find out any infection in it, Dr Aggarwal said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chhaya Sharma said police had questioned one Laxmi, who resides in Uttam Nagar, and she had told them that one Munni along with her daughter had come to her house in September last year claiming that her husband has abandoned them.
Laxmi offered her stay in her house and worked as a maid. She said Munni disappeared from Laxmi`s house after about 20 days, leaving the child there.
"Laxmi is not from a well-off family. She had four children. Her husband is a small-time property dealer. After some days, a neighbour approached her saying that Rajkumar was willing to adopt her," Sharma said.
Rajkumar allegedly took the child to his house in Dwarka where he was staying with wife and cousin. His children were in Mumbai with his in-laws.
"He and wife had differences over keeping the child with them. He took the baby to his teenaged girl friend who was in another locality," Sharma said.
A senior police official said, in mid-January, he left for Mumbai to treat his physically-challenged son.
"The teenager was taking care of the baby. It appears that she couldn`t take proper care of the child and out of frustration she assaulted her physically," the official said.
Rajkumar owns two taxis and operate it in airport. He has rented a flat in Dwarka paying a monthly rent of Rs 11,000. Meanwhile, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath demanded for strong punishment against those involved
in such activities to set a precedence.
"Trafficking of girl child is rampant across the country. This (case of Falak) also seems like a similar case. Strong punishment should be given to whosoever the culprit will be so that common people will see what happens in such cases," Tirath said.
She said condition the baby was critical and police as well as a team of National Commission for Protection of Child`s Right (NCPCR) were trying to find out who her mother was and why she had abandoned the baby.
Tirath said that her ministry was ready to help the girl but "first we need to save the girl then we can keep her in ICPS home and if somebody wants to adopt her, that is also possible".
Meanwhile, Delhi Police have released a photograph of Rajkumar.