In­dia po­lice ques­tion 2 men af­ter girl,4, raped

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

In­dian po­lice are ques­tion­ing two men in con­nec­tion with the rape of a four-year-old girl in the cap­i­tal, Delhi.

The city’s deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Vi­jay Singh, told the BBC that no ar­rests had been made yet.

The child is in in­ten­sive care af­ter be­ing found un­con­scious by rail­way tracks on Fri­day night. She had surgery for ex­ten­sive in­juries, doc­tors say.

The at­tack raises fresh ques­tions over women’s safety in Delhi af­ter a 2012 gang rape and mur­der shocked the world.

The girl, who was found near her home in a poor neigh­bour­hood in the north of the city, was slashed and had se­vere in­juries on her body.

Her fam­ily al­lege she was lured with an of­fer of food or sweets by a group of men.

Delhi com­mis­sioner for women Swati Mali­wal, who vis­ited the child in hos­pi­tal, de­scribed her in­juries as “hor­rific”.

The gang rape and mur­der of a stu­dent in 2012 in Delhi led to protests and new anti-rape laws in the coun­try.

How­ever, bru­tal sex­ual at­tacks against women and chil­dren con­tinue to be re­ported from across the coun­try.

In 2014, a Delhi woman al­leged that she was raped by the driver of her Uber taxi.

In July, po­lice ar­rested a man who con­fessed to sex­u­ally as­sault­ing and mur­der­ing 30 chil­dren from in and around Delhi.

More than 1,500 cases of rape have been recorded by the po­lice this year but there are be­lieved to be many oth­ers which go un­re­ported.

The bru­tal at­tack has once again raised ques­tions over the is­sue of women’s safety in the In­dian cap­i­tal.

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