18-month-old girl raped by fa­ther’s ‘babysit­ter’ friend

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com CON­TIN­UED ON P 8 5‑YR‑OLD RAPED BY DAD’S FRIEND IN MATHURA P10

NEW DELHI: An 18-month-old girl was raped on Mon­day by her fa­ther’s friend, who was babysit­ting her in a flat in south Delhi, po­lice said.

The crime came to light later that day, when the child’s mother re­turned from work to find blood on her daugh­ter’s clothes. The par­ents quickly alerted the po­lice. The man, who had moved to the city two months ago, was liv­ing with the fam­ily.

Chin­moy Biswal, ad­di­tional deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (south), said the 21-year-old sus­pect was beaten by lo­cals be­fore the po­lice could take him into cus­tody. “The ac­cused has said he did not run away be­cause he re­gret­ted his mis­take,” Biswal said.

The girl re­mained in Saf­dar­jung Hos­pi­tal , from where she is likely to be dis­charged on Wed­nes­day. “She was brought to the hos­pi­tal with cuts, bruises and blood clots. How­ever, she did not need any sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion,” said Dr Ra­jen­dra Sharma, the hos­pi­tal’s med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent.

The girl’s fa­ther runs a busi­ness in which he sup­plies labour­ers and work­ers in ex­change for com­mis­sions. The mother is a do­mes­tic help. The cou­ple have two other chil­dren — a 10-yearold son and a six-year-old daugh­ter.

The girl’s fa­ther said that he had helped the sus­pect get a job as a guard at a cof­fee shop in Hauz Khas.

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