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Protests against increasing incidences of rapes in DelhiOn January 28th, an eight-month-old infant was allegedly raped by her 28-year-old cousin. The incident occurred in Shakurbasti, northwest Delhi. The child suffered severe injuries in her vital organs and was immediately rushed to the Kalawati Saran hospital. She was kept under ventilator support in the ICU. After undergoing a 3-hour long surgery, her condition stabilized. According to reports from NDTV, the accused confessed guilty of the crime on January 29th and was arrested by the police.
Reports from Hindustan times stated that the baby’s parents left her in their relative’s house as they had to go to work. The child lived with her parents on the first floor while the relatives lived on the ground floor of the same building. The mother of the accused was taking care of the child when her son suggested that he would take her to the room and play with her. On police interrogation, the 28-year-old revealed that he muzzled the child’s mouth to suppress her screams and then raped her.
When the child’s mother returned home in the night, she found that her child’s clothes were stained with blood and she was profusely crying. The child was admitted to the hospital where the doctors confirmed that it was a case of sexual assault. The police were informed and a case was registered.
The 28-year old initially denied his actions during police questioning, following which he escaped from his house. The police later tracked down his location and arrested him. A rape case under the IPC section and POCSO section (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) was registered against the accused at the Subhash Place police station.