Last December the people of India were shocked and outraged when a young woman was brutally raped and tortured. She later died as a result of her injuries. Now only a few months later another brutal rape and tortured has shocked the nation once more. This time the victim is only five years old.
The little girl was moved from a local hospital to Swami Dayanand Hospital in New Delhi on Friday. She is reported to be alert and stable. According to doctors she was being given intravenous antibiotics to fight a blood infection and further operations will have to wait until the infection clears up. “This is the first time I have seen such barbarism”, R. K. Bansal medical superintendent of the hospital said Friday in a televised interview. “There were injuries to her lips, cheek, arms and anus area. Her neck had bruise marks suggesting that attempts were made to strangle her.” He said a bottle almost eight inches long and pieces of candle had been inserted into her private parts.
The five year old went missing on April 15 and was found two days later by neighbors who heard her crying in a locked room in the same New Delhi building where she lives with her family. She was found alone having left for dead by her attackers. Anger at the authorities grew after the parents of the girl said the police had failed to take their complaint seriously, failed to carry out an adequate search and then offered them 2000 rupees – about $37 – if they would keep quiet about the case. On Friday a Television News Channel showed a police officer slapping a female protester in the face.
The police arrested a 22 year-old garment worker early Saturday morning in Bihar. The suspect had an apartment in the same building as the girl. He is accused of abducting, raping and torturing her. The Times of India reported that he told the police he fled the apartment because he believe the girl had died.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed regrets about the incident. On Saturday the president of The Indian National Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi released a statement saying “Action and not words are required to ensure that such incident never happens again”. A second suspect was arrested on Monday.