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NATIONAL DISGRACE: Five-year-old Indian girl dies from injuries after rape

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
April 30th, 2013
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A five-year-old Indian girl has died from the injuries she suffered in a horrific rape. The nation of India has become increasingly aware of crimes committed against women and girls after a series of deadly attacks. In the past months, nationwide protests have been launched to bring people associated with such crimes to justice.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The attack happened in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. According to authorities, the girl was lured by one of two men to a farm, where she was then raped by the other man. The attacker is reputed to be friends with the girl's parents. Her parents, poor construction workers, were at work when the attack occurred.

The girl later suffered cardiac arrest and died at a hospital in Nagpur city in neighboring Maharashtra state. Collector for Seoni district Bharat Yadav says that the two men have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Hospital Administrator Ravi Manadiar said the girl suffered a brain injury when the men tried to smother her cries and went into a coma before her death.

"The court should give them the strictest punishment ever," the inconsolable mother of the girl was quoted as saying.

"These men should be burned alive so that the whole world will see how such criminals ought to be punished," she said, wiping her tears with the corner of her sari.

About 40 supporters of the opposition Congress party held a rally in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, to protest what they said was a rise in violence against women in the state. Protestors burned an effigy of the state's top elected official, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Another five-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped and tortured by two men who then abandoned her in a locked room in New Delhi earlier this month. She is still recovering from her injuries.

Police refused to register a case when the girl's parents reported that their daughter was missing. Hundreds of people protested outside police headquarters in New Delhi for three days.

Indian media have begun to report sexual assaults more aggressively since the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in New Delhi in December. That attack triggered outrage across India about the treatment of women in the country, and spurred the government to pass tougher laws for crimes against women, including the death penalty for repeat offenders or for rapes that lead to the victim's death.

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