An eight-month-old baby girl has allegedly been raped by her 28-year-old cousin. Reports say the girl is in a critical but stable condition in a local hospital in Delhi, India where the incident occured.
The suspect has been arrested. Reports said the girl suffered injuries to her internal organs. She had to undergo a three-hour operation.
Local reports said the girl’s parents left her and her siblings at their uncle’s the home so that they could go to work.
According to NewsWorldIndia, “when the mother returned she found the 8-month old in a blood-soaked bed with her clothes also covered in blood. Upon questioning, the sister-in-law made excuses so the girl was taken to a doctor who confirmed rape, admitting her to the hospital with serious injuries and performed a 3-hour operation on her”
Swati Maliwal, chair of the Delhi Commission for Women, on Twitter, expressed outrage at the incident.
She lamented in a series of tweets: “The worst has happened. An 8 month old baby has been brutally raped in the Capital and is battling for her life in a Hospital. Going to the hospital to meet her. Am totally numb. Terrified to face her! Please please pray for her.
“What to do? How can Delhi sleep today when 8 month baby has been brutally raped in Capital? Have we become so insensitive or we have simply accepted this as our fate? Where is the sena which attacked a school bus to ‘protect honour’? No one to ask questions from the system now?”
Maliwal later disclosed that her Commission will give Rs 50,000 to support the poor parents of the baby who is currently on life support.
She said: “DCW shall give Rs 50,000 to parents of the 8 month old rape survivor today itself to support them. Her parents r v poor daily wage labourers & need imm financial support. Further, we have filed an application in court today seeking interim compensation for baby in the matter”.