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

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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-year-old son and a six-yearold 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.

“He be­longs to my vil­lage and had been stay­ing at my house for the last two months. Since his duty was at nights, he would take care of my chil­dren when my wife and I would be away at work,” the fa­ther said.

On Mon­day morn­ing, the girl’s par­ents left for work and her two older sib­lings went to school, leav­ing the child in the man’s care. “When my wife re­turned in the evening, she found blood on the girl’s clothes. She then re­alised the girl had been sex­u­ally as­saulted,” said the fa­ther.

The girl’s mother has al­leged that a friend of the sus­pect was also in­volved in the rape, but the po­lice said there was no ev­i­dence so far to cor­rob­o­rate this. “We con­tinue to probe the par­ents’ al­le­ga­tions earnestly and will act if any­one else was in­volved,” said Depen­dra Pathak, the Delhi Po­lice spokesper­son.

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