Authorities in New Delhi, India, have arrested a man after he allegedly raped and attempted to kill a three-year-old girl.
According to The Times of India (TOI), the child’s grandmother caught Ravi Kumar, 27, attempting to escape and screamed for help. Their “neighbours caught and thrashed him and then handed him over to the the police.”
The grandmother was taking care of the young girl while her parents were at work.
They live on the second floor, while Kumar lives on the third floor with his friends. TOI reports:
Family members said that when the girl was going to her grandmother’s room to sleep, Kumar entered the house and lured her on the pretext of playing with her. He then gagged her and took her to his room.
When Kumar tried to force himself on the girl, she cried out in pain. Unable to stop her from crying, he gagged her. He then tried to strangle her after which she fell unconscious. Kumar panicked and picked up the child to dump her outside the house. However, fearing that he would be caught, he went to her apartment to leave her on the floor and flee. However, the child’s grandmother noticed him and raised an alarm. She also found the girl bleeding from her private parts.
While Kumar was rushing down, he was caught by the landlord and other neighbours who thrashed him before handing him over to the police.
“Ravi panicked when the girl became motionless. He went upstairs, tried to leave the girl on the bed next to her grandmother. But her grandmother woke up and raised an alarm,” explained an officer.
Authorities brought the girl to the hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
“The girl was referred to AIIMS [All India Institute of Medical Science]. Her condition is said to be serious, though she is showing signs of recovery. She had received some injuries in her private parts,” said a police officer.
TOI reported that the man “was a drunkard and worked at a nearby factory.” He also could not find a job due to his alcohol problems. He lived at the apartment with his friends for the past two years.
Rape victims rarely report the crimes because society often casts them aside or police and relatives pressure them to drop the cases.
In 2012, six men gang-raped a woman to death on a bus, which brought to light India’s treatment of women. The case caused massive protests across the country and forced the government to change rape laws.
In January, a 14-year-old girl told NDTV that three attackers held her in a “dark room” and raped her for two weeks. They then shot her and dumped her in a well outside of New Delhi.
In March, a 15-year-old girl died after her neighbor raped her and set her on fire on the terrace of her home.