A 28-year-old man is In police custody for allegedly raping an eight-month-old baby in the Indian capital Delhi.
Police say the girl is in critical condition in hospital. Delhi Commission for women chief Swati Maliwal described her injuries as “horrific.”
According to the BBC. The accused cousin went missing as soon as the news broke.
Ms Maliwai tweeted that the baby had undergone a three-hour operation “Her heart-rending cries could be heard in the intensive-care unit of the hospital. She has horrific injuries to her internal organs,”
The rape of the girl happened on Sunday but come to light on after local media reported it.
According to local news outlet, the father of the girl who works labourer was at home alone when the mother came home to find the girl covered in blood
Her sister-in-law who was supposed to babysitting said that her cousin was supposed to be looking after her.
The Parents rushed to the police where charges were filed; the medical examiner confirmed rape according to police.
The accused has since been caught and is in police custody
In 2012 the brutal rape and murder and rape of a 23-year-old student sparked protests that forced the Government to introduce more stringent laws to prevent sexual abuse. This now includes the death penalty. But according to the BBC, brutal attacks against women in India continue to be reported across the country.
According to Aljazeera, there where 34,652 reported cases of rape across India is 2015. With the victims ranging from six to 60 years. With those between the age of 18 and 30 being represented most with the number totalling 17,000.
What is even more troubling in these cases is that the victims knew the alleged rapist in 33,098 of the total reported cases.
As with many third world countries, there is no adequate record keeping, and many cases involving rape are not reported.
According to the BBC, the numbers below give a scale of rape in India.
. > 19,765 children were raped in 2016
240 million women living in India were married before they turned 18
53.22% of children who participated in a government study reported some form of sexual abuse
50% of abusers are known to the child or are “persons in trust and care-givers”
- A child aged under 18 is raped every 26 minutes
Sources: Indian government, Unicef
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