Not Again! Man Arrested For Raping 8-Year-Old In India

Not Again! Man Arrested For Raping 8-Year-Old In India

By BBC on February 6, 2014
Hundreds of women activists stand before the national parliament building to protest crime against women in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Indian police have badly beaten the five suspects in the brutal rape and killing of the young woman on a New Delhi bus, the lawyer for three of the men said Thursday, accusing authorities of tampering with evidence in the case that has transfixed India. Placard second left reads as, "Stop crime against women." (Photo Credit: AP Photo/ Pavel Rahman)

Police in India have arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl in Delhi.

An anti-rape protest in Delhi, India, on Monday, Dec 16, 2013

The girl was playing in the park when the accused offered her some sweets and took her away to a secluded area where he raped her, police told BBC Hindi.

A neighbour found her in the park and informed her parents. She was taken to hospital and her condition is stable.

Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.

The government tightened laws on sexual violence last year after widespread protests following the attack.

But violence and discrimination against women remain deeply entrenched in India’s staunchly patriarchal society.

The latest incident took place on Sunday evening in Delhi’s Bara Hindu Rao area.

Police say the accused is a relative of the landlord in whose house the girl’s family lives.

Last month, a 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped at knife-point close to her Delhi hotel. A group of men assaulted her in the Paharganj area in the early evening after she lost her way and asked for help.

Also last month, an 18-year-old German was raped in Tamil Nadu on a train.

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