Toddler’s rape: Angry crowds lambaste Indian police

Protesters shout slogans during a rally near the home of a minor girl who was raped in New Delhi.

Protesters shout slogans during a rally near the home of a minor girl who was raped in New Delhi.

Angry crowds gathered Saturday in New Delhi to accuse police of failing to act over the rape of a toddler, with outrage mounting after the gang-rape of a five-year-old girl in a separate attack.

The two-and-a-half-year-old girl was abducted from a religious event in west Delhi by two men on Friday night and raped before being dumped in a park near her home, relatives and police said.

In a separate incident on the other side of the city, the five-year-old was lured to a neighbor’s house and raped by three men, a police officer said.

An agitated crowd of more than 100 people gathered near the toddler’s home late Saturday afternoon attempting to block traffic and lambasting the police’s failure to make arrests in the case, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

“Police are not doing anything to arrest the rapists. We don’t feel safe in this city and there will be a day when parents will stop giving birth to girls fearing they will be raped,” a female relative of the girl said.

The two attacks come as New Delhi grapples with a grim litany of sexual assaults against women — and in several recent cases, children — that have sparked outrage in India and abroad.

“We have launched a manhunt for the suspects. So far no one has been arrested,” Pushpendra Kumar, West Delhi police chief, said of the younger girl’s case.

“Two men were involved in the abduction of the girl and the tests have confirmed rape,” Kumar said, adding that further examinations would show whether both men raped the toddler.

Separately, police in eastern Delhi arrested three men in the case of the five-year-old victim, whom tests showed was raped multiple times, after locals managed to catch her alleged assailants.

Ranjana Kumari, head of Delhi-based Center for Social Research said the ongoing turf war between the two governments left Delhi vulnerable to such horrific crimes.

“Delhi is not safe and secure for women and the situation is deteriorating,” Kumari said.


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