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HORRIFIC: Five-year-old Indian girl 'raped for four days'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
April 22nd, 2013
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It's yet another instance where one shakes their head sadly over humanity's propensity for evil. A five-year-old girl is clinging to her life after being kidnapped and raped for four straight days in Gandhi Nagar, east Delhi, who held her captive for four days. Police have arrested a neighbor in connection with the atrocity. Even worse is the fact that this is the THIRD time a similar crime has been reported in the area.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kidnapped while playing outside her home, the girl was locked in her neighbor's apartment for days before someone heard her cries for help.

Doctors reported finding "foreign objects" inside the girl's genitals as the details of the unspeakably vile crime came to light. Parts of a bottle and parts of a broken candle were retrieved, and the girl also suffered injuries and bruising to her chest, lips and cheeks.

Having gone missing early last week, she was found by rescuers alerted by her screams, in the home of a man who lives in the same building as the girl's family. The neighbor is believed to have repeatedly raped the child, mutilated her genitals and tried to strangle her.

Dr R.K. Bansal who examined the girl said it was "one of the worst cases" he had ever seen, and that the next 48 hours will be crucial in determining her chances of survival.

"She was scared and not fully conscious," he told journalists. "Initially, she did not allow us to proceed with the examination as she was in tremendous pain."

This is the third alleged rape of a minor this month in the Delhi area. A ten-year-old girl was allegedly raped on a bus after the driver, also in this case a neighbor, lured her away from her home. Another 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a neighbor and then locked in a cell by police after her family tried to report the crimes.

These atrocities have triggered protests outside Swami Dayanand hospital with masses condemning the acts of the accused and condemning the government for not providing better care and the police for not acting on the parent's missing child report.

In what must be the appalling aspect of the case is that the girl's family claims that the police tried to bribe them with 2,000 rupees to keep quiet after their daughter was rescued and refused to treat it as a rape case.

"She went out to play when she was kidnapped. The man then locked her up in his room and raped her. I want justice from the government," the girl's mother told reporters.

"Yesterday night (a policeman came and asked me to come out. He told me nothing will happen by involving public. He told me that you should take care of the child and be with her. Public would not help you and he also handed me Rs. 2,000 and left. He said I should cover my pocket expenses from this money," the victim's father alleged.

The police refute the allegations.

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