Girl (3) fights for her life as neighbour is held over 'brutal rape'
A three-year-old girl is in a critical condition in a New Delhi hospital where she was admitted over the weekend after allegedly being raped by her 40-year-old neighbour.
Officials yesterday said the girl's condition was "serious" following surgery and doctors were unsure whether the infant would survive.
"A three-year-old girl has been brutally raped in Bindapur in Delhi. She is bleeding profusely and is very critical," tweeted the Delhi Commissioner for Women, Swati Maliwal.
Police have arrested the suspect, who is a security guard living in the same building as the victim.
They said he tried to flee after reportedly raping the child, but was apprehended by her father and beaten up by other neighbours in their tenement after he raised the alarm.
He was arrested and admitted to the same hospital where the girl is undergoing treatment.
Police said they were alerted on Sunday afternoon after the girl's parents said their daughter had not returned home after going out to play with friends hours earlier.
One police officer said the girl's father, a daily wage labourer, then went to a neighbour's room in their tenement and found his daughter bleeding and unconscious on the floor with the security guard standing over her.
"The guard allegedly tried to escape, but was overpowered by the girl's father who also began shouting for help," the policemen said. Some neighbours arrived and thrashed the guard before handing him over to the police, he added.
The brutal incident took place on the sixth anniversary of the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student aboard a moving bus in New Delhi.