HYDERABAD: It has been over a year since Mamta (name changed) was stabbed 17 times by a stalker, who lived in the same locality in Barkatpura. Though she survived the brutal attack, life has not been the same for the teenager, who wishes to study and go abroad.
“We shifted to a different locality soon after as the incident happened only a few metres away from our old house. We did not want her to relive that moment every time she stepped out,” her father told TOI.
On February 6, 2019, Mamta, then a 17-year-old intermediate student, was attacked with a coconut sickle by a 19-year-old neighbour, who had stalked her for several months. Earlier, the girl’s family had approached the police as the offender had been harassing her.
The attacker was counselled by the SHE Team, however, he continued to persist. He was charged under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) and Arms Act, was awarded 10 years’ imprisonment on Monday.
“There are days when she is happy and laughs but she has become a quiet person. We are yet to inform her about the conviction. We did not inform her thinking that it will take her back to those traumatic memories,” he said. Mamta, who is now a BTech first-year student travels by bus to her college but a member of her family drops her till the bus stop.
“The incident had happened when she was on her way to college. The memories of the incident are so fresh that we make it a point to drop her at the bus stop,” he said.
“She is visibly weak and thin as she had lost a lot of blood. Even during the trial, she had to take breaks because of her physical and mental health. The trauma was severe and it was difficult for her to cope up with it,” said Prathap Reddy, an additional public prosecutor in the case.
“The incident has weakened her physically but my girl is a survivor,” her father said.