Monday 19 February 2018

Toddler (3) only witness to mother's brutal gang rape and murder of infant brother

Protesters shouting for the death penalty for rape during the third anniversary of Jyoti Singh's death (AP)
Protesters shouting for the death penalty for rape during the third anniversary of Jyoti Singh's death (AP)

David Kearns

A three-year-old girl was present as her mother was brutally gang-raped and her two-week-old brother killed, in a case that Indian police are describing as even more “ghastlier” then the infamous 2012 killing of Jyoti Singh.

The child is said to have hidden after her 28-year-old mother was set upon by a bus driver and a conductor while she was travelling on a bus in India’s northern province of Uttar Pradesh.

Read More: 15-year-old girl dies in India after being raped and set on fire

According to the Times of India, the young girl gave police a “harrowing description” of the ordeal after she escaped unseen when her mother’s attackers  stopped to dump the woman and her murdered infant son by the roadside.

The little girl was later found beside her unconscious mother by her father and other villagers, who had gone in search of the family after they failed to return when planned.

Two men have since been charged in connection with the attack, said police.

Read More: Two young girls - a toddler and a five-year-old - raped in separate attacks in New Delhi

A spokesperson confirmed to the Times of India that they had recovered the body of a 14-day-old baby boy.

Superintendent of Police, Yamuna Prasad, said the woman, from Rampur, had travelled to Shishgarh to visit her sister because her child had been sick.

He said: “Her child had been sick for sometime and she went to visit her sister to meet a tantrik [a healer].

“She was returning to Rampur when she met the two accused at the bus station."

Prasad continued: “The alleged rape took place when fellow passengers had left the bus.”

The attack is just one of several recently reported cases of rape against women or children in India.

Read More: All-male village council sentences sisters 'to be raped' in Indian state

It follows the death of a 15-year-old girl in New Delhi who lost her fight for life days after she was raped and set on fire by a 20-year-old man who reportedly stalked her for months.

In 2012, 23-year-old Jyoti Singh's attack hit world headlines after she was raped and tortured by six men on a bus in Delhi.

She was thrown from the vehicle and died a few weeks later in hospital.

The fatal gang-rape of the 23-year-old medical student led to a national outcry.

Read More: Two teenagers arrested over rape of toddler in India

Madhu Garg, of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, told the Times of India that the incident was “ghastlier" than Jyoti Singh's case due to the death of the infant.

She pledged to hold protests if murder charges were not filed against the accused, who have so far been booked only for gang-rape and culpable homicide offences.

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