NEW DELHI: A 28-year-old man has been arrested for raping an eight-month-old baby girl in the Indian capital New Delhi.
The culprit is a daily wage worker and cousin of the baby girl.
The incident came to light on Monday after local media reported it.
The baby’s father told media that they had left their child at home, just to find the infant in bloodied condition.
I had left for work leaving my children at home. My wife works too. So she too left for work soon after. When she came back, she saw blood-soaked bed & clothes of the child. When she told this to her sister-in-law she made excuses. My child is in critical condition now: Father pic.twitter.com/CkFpuChUmh
— ANI (@ANI) January 30, 2018
The incident has attracted a public outcry.
Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal told media that she visited the baby girl in hospital on Monday night.
Swati said the baby’s injuries are “horrific”.
Maliwal tweeted that the girl had to undergo 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,” she tweeted.
She posted another tweet expressing her anguish.
What to do? How can Delhi sleep today when 8 month baby has been brutally raped in Capital? Have we become so insensitive or we have simply accepted this as our fate? Where is the sena which attacked a school bus to ‘protect honour’? No one to ask questions from the system now?
— Swati Jai Hind (@SwatiJaiHind) January 29, 2018
The government has introduced anti-rape laws including the death penalty for offenders amid alarmingly increasing reports.
However, the move has failed to halt brutal sexual attacks against women and children continue to be reported across the country.