A seven-year-old was raped and brutalized by her 22-year-old neighbor for over an hour in a park in the national capital on Monday night.
The Times of India reported today that child was attending a wedding in Seemapuri, a locality in north Delhi, when she was lured by the accused with the promise of a gift. The accused then took her to a park, raped her, inserted a rod into a private parts and beat her up.
The Press Trust of India reported that the accused had inserted a water pipe into her private parts. The Hindustan Times reported the child's mother has alleged that a water hose was used but the police is still to ascertain this.
TOI quoted a source as saying there was no foreign object inside the private parts of the seven-year-old girl when she was brought to the hospital, but the accused might have attempted to insert something.
A doctor from the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, where the child was admitted, told HT that she had sustained complex injuries in her private parts and bite marks in the surrounding area. "She had to be operated upon immediately. She's stable but her injuries are grievous and complex," he said.
The child also had head injuries, according to the doctor, who said, "She was beaten with a blunt object."
The park where the seven-year-old was raped did not have any street lights.
The child, who was bleeding profusely when her mother called a PCR van at around 10:00 pm on Monday night, was rushed to hospital. She is reportedly in a stable condition.
Her mother is a laborer and a single parent.
The accused, who was arrested on Tuesday, is a ragpicker.
Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal, who met the child on Tuesday, said, "Cannot describe the pain the little girl was experiencing. Already malnourished, she has a long struggle head. We are going to support her in her legal fight to ensure death penalty for culprits. Will file compensation application and shall make all efforts to rehabilitate her," she said.