Many in India’s capital of New Delhi are outraged after an 8-month-old girl was brutally raped. The culprit was allegedly the baby’s adult cousin, who was supposed to be babysitting his relative while her parents were at work, The New York Times reported.
After a long day of work, the victim’s parents came home on Sunday to a horrible sight. The mother, a maid, discovered her baby girl with blood pouring out from between her legs. The victim’s dad told local television outlets that the baby was lying on a bed smeared with blood, according to The New York Times.
When the parents confronted the cousin, he could not give a clear answer as to what happened.
"I had left for work leaving my children at home. My wife works too. So she too left for work soon after. When she came back, she saw blood-soaked bed and clothes of the child. When she told this to her sister-in-law she made excuses. My child is in critical condition now," the father, a laborer, told Indian news outlet ANI.
Police said that the male cousin later admitted to touching the child inappropriately, The New York Times reported.
"We arrested the accused yesterday [Monday]. He is the 28-year-old cousin of the victim," Subhash Nagar Police Station inspector told Al Jazeera. "We have booked him under 376 Indian Penal Code and section 6 of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses. The investigation is still underway.”
Swati Maliwal, the chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, began tweeting about the case, drawing attention to its horrific nature. Many in the area are outraged and are calling for more accountability for those responsible for heinous sex crimes.
Maliwal visited the injured baby in the hospital.
"I can still hear her screams and cries. As DCW chief, I feel horrified at this abuse of a child, I feel as if I have been raped,” Maliwal told Al Jazeera.
According to the New York Times, television station NDTV has been flashing regular updates about the baby at the bottom of the screen, including the message, “Baby in I.C.U.; Condition stable.”
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