Falak
- March 15, 2012

At the age of only one year old, a toddler girl was admitted to the hospital on January 18, 2012. A 15 year old girl had brought this precious baby to the hospital claiming to be her mother. What Doctors found was horrifying. This two year old Angel had a fractured skull, broken arms, bite marks on her face and body as well as branding iron marks. Doctors said that they had never seen a child in this bad of condition before. In a three month period, this child had three cardiac arrests and the third one killed her:

"Since hers was a medico-legal case, a postmortem was conducted. The cardiac arrest
happened due to cardiac arrhythmia, a disorder of the heart rate when the heart beats
too quickly. It happened all of a sudden. She was sleeping in her bed when the cardiac
arrest occurred"
Deepak Agrawal - Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery - Took care of Falak

There was not much information about the family of this little girl, not even her name so the nurses gave her the name Falak. While in the hospital, Falak contracted Meningitis and a brain infection as well as six brain surgeries which included a shunt being placed in her brain to drain out fluid. Falak was on a ventilator for over a month for breathing problems, had suffered through severe blood, lung and brain infections and with antibiotics, she was showing improvement and was expected to recover, she was then known as the "Miracle Baby". Eventually she would breath on her own and open her eyes and move her arms and legs:

"She would cry and the whole unit would go to see what happened to her. Each one of us
was so attached to the baby and now she is no more. It is disheartening"
Nurse



Before she died, there had been an overwhelming outpouring of people who wanted to adopt this precious little girl.

A search was done for her biological mother and Police said they had located her in February of 2012 and it was discovered that this little child had two siblings and she had been stolen by human traffickers. Munni, Falak's mother, had been tricked into marrying a man and was assured that her children would be taken care of. The children were separated among the three women. One of the children, a girl named Bihar, was sent home while Munni and another of her children, a five year old, were passed around between many adults. At some point, Munni ended up living in a home where a teen aged girl was living with a married man. The women who had tricked Munni were both arrested. One of the women was named Lakshmi and the other ws Kanti both with the last name Choudhry.

There were ten people arrested in connection with this case, Rajkumar, AKA Mohammad Dilshad who was the man that had abandoned Falak as well as the 15 year old girl, Lakshmi who was also a victim of abuse at the hands of her father, Vijender. Lakshmi was arrested on March 13 and was charged with culpable homicide.

Falak's five year old brother was found in the house of a vendor in West Delhi's Uttam Nagar area and her sister Sanobar was was found by the Police, in Bihar. Munni was then free of the marriage and was living shelter run by the Social Welfare Department.

Munni buried Falak at Ferozoshah Kotla burial grounds on March 16, 2012.

Here are ten facts that were released about Falak: (NOTE: The following is not spelled checked as it is printed here exactly as I found it)

1. A two-year-old baby was brought to Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on January 18 with severe head injuries, fractured arms and human bite marks all over her. A minor girl who brought her to the hospital reportedly told doctors that the baby had fallen from her bed, but doctors said that claim did not match with the injuries seen on the child's body. The child is fighting for her life ever since in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. She has been named Falak, or sky, by the staff looking after her.

2. What is baby Falak suffering from?

Doctors monitoring the two-year-old say she is a victim of the "battered baby syndrome" and is likely to have been abused by a close relative. They say that though they see many cases of child trauma brought to the Emergency at AIIMS, a case of a young baby being willfully battered this way is rare in India. "This is the trauma centre," said Dr Sumit Sinha at Delhi's AIIMS hospital. "We see bad cases on a daily basis. But I have never seen this kind of a 'battered baby condition... with the intention of injury."3. What is baby Falak's medical condition?
She has had two cardiac arrests, but the latest medical bulletin from AIIMS says that baby Falak is fighting hard. Despite her severe injuries, doctors say she has improved today; they report some voluntary movement and she is said to be off ventilator support for now. Doctors had earlier today given her a 30-40 per cent chance of survival. They say there is likely brain damage; her head injuries could be a result of being dashed against a wall, they say.

4. Who brought Falak to AIIMS?

The baby was brought to AIIMS by a 15-year old girl, who initially allegedly told doctors that Falak was her baby, and that her injuries were the result of a fall from her bed. The doctors called the police. The teen has been placed in a juvenile home, and has been interviewed at length by members of the Child Welfare Committee.

5. What do doctors say about the teen?

The minor girl who brought Falak to hospital has reportedly told members of the Child Welfare Committee that she has been sexually abused by a man she eloped with last year.  Medical tests to determine her condition will be reported on January 31st.  Doctors say her abuse may have traumatized the teen into battering the baby she was looking after.

6. What does the police say about the teen?

The police claim that the 15-year-old has said she was sexually abused by the man with whom she eloped. A senior cop also said that the police were "not ruling out the possibility that someone close to her sexually abused her in the past." They cliam that the girl was reported missing from home about a year ago; her mother dead when she was very young.

7. How did the 15-year-old have baby Falak with her?

The Delhi Police believes that the teen's boyfriend got the baby from a woman he knew, who in turn had been entrusted with Falak by a woman who works as a domestic helper, who could possibly be her biological mother.   The man involved has reportedly left the city for Mumbai - he is allegedly married and has moved back in with his family there.

8. What are the chain of events that the police is trying to knit together?

The police is working on the premise that the baby exchanged hands thrice before coming to the minor's 20-year-old boyfriend. The police say that the baby was initially with the domestic helper, who left her with a friend. This friend, the police say, is believed to have left the baby with another woman, a welder with whom the minor's boyfriend worked. The police investigations have reportedly revealed that the boyfriend got the baby from the welder a month ago. But when he left for Mumbai two weeks ago, the police conjecture, the teen slipped into depression. The cops say that could have made her batter the baby.


9. What has police action in the case been so far?

Three people have been detained by the Delhi Police and are reportedly being put through DNA tests to determine their links to Baby Falak. The police have registered two separate cases  one about the teenage girl who was reported missing from home about a year ago, and the other about the infant being battered. Police teams are conducting raids to find the key accused.

10. Additional Commissioner of Police,  Ajay Choudhury,said: "The girl has given a statement in front of the magistrate, in which she accuses the man she was living with. We are investigating those accusations and the police is searching for that man. The police is also investigating about the two-year-old baby...The kind of family the young girl comes from, her mother having died in her childhood, we cannot rule out the possibilty that she must've gone through some kind of sexual abuse in her past. If the girl takes a name, we shall take action against him as well."

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