An eight-month-old baby girl has been raped allegedly by her cousin in the Indian capital, Delhi.
The girl is reportedly in a critical condition at a local hospital where she was brought in on Sunday. Police told the media that they had arrested the 28-year-old accused, described as a daily wage worker. Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal, who visited the infant in hospital on Monday night, described her injuries as “horrific”.
The infant’s father is a daily wage worker and was at work when the horror took place at their house. Her mother works as a domestic help and had asked her sister-in-law to babysit her. It is alleged that the 28-year-old cousin found the baby alone and allegedly sexually assaulted her. The incident came to light when the infant’s mother returned home and found the child lying in a pool of blood.
The parents immediately informed police and a case was registered against the cousin under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO).
Scrutiny of sexual violence has grown in India since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a bus in the capital Delhi.
The crime sparked days of protests and forced the government to introduce tougher anti-rape laws, including the death penalty. However, brutal sexual attacks against women and children continue to be reported across the country.