Little Radha can't be fed properly and perhaps wouldn't be able to speak properly unless she undergoes extensive plastic surgery as her nose and upper lip have been bitten off.
The man who did this to the five-month-old was her own father, Bhadar Singh, a farm labourer in Siyana village of the Bikaner district in Rajasthan.
The father turned a fiend and chewed off his daughter's lips and nose because he was angered by her crying. He has been arrested and booked under various sections of the Indian penal code ( IPC) for causing grievous hurt with dangerous means, which provide for a sentence ranging from 10 years in jail up to life imprisonment.
According to the police, Bhadar, 36, came home drunk on Thursday around 10 pm when his wife Santosh and his sister Saroj were applying mehendi (henna) on their hands. He asked his wife to do some work. But showing her hands, she expressed her inability, at which Bhadar started abusing and beating her up.
When Saroj protested, he warned her against intervening. But seeing her mother being assaulted, their elder daughter, three-year old Bhanwar Kanwar, started crying.
This angered the inebriated Bhadar, who now took out his fury on Bhanwar and bit on her back, hands and other body parts and threw her on the ground.
Sleeping in another room, Radha was woken up by her sister's screams and broke into a cry. The beastly father then started biting his younger child.
His scared wife and sister ran out to raise alarm. The neighbours then rushed in and grabbed him. He was handed over to the police on Friday morning.
Radha and Bhanwar were taken to the government- run Prince Bijay Singh Memorial ( PBSM) Hospital in Bikaner. Dr Girish Prabhakar, head of the paediatric surgery department of the hospital, said though Radha was out of danger, she would have to undergo extensive drastic plastic surgery.
"We are treating her, but to look normal she would require plastic surgery, which can be done only in Jaipur," he added.
Radha, accompanied by her mother Santosh and a few volunteers, was sent to Jaipur's Sawai Man Singh Hospital in an ambulance on Friday. But Santosh returned to PBSM and couldn't give explain why she had brought her daughter back, Dr Prabhakar said.
He said the Bikaner hospital authorities would again try to coordinate with the Jaipur doctors to ensure a proper treatment for the baby.