A 10-month-old girl was allegedly raped by a 38-year-old man within the compound of a police unit in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri area, police said Saturday. The infant, whose parents work as construction labourers, was allegedly kidnapped by another construction labourer who stayed near their hut when her parents were asleep Friday night, said a police officer.
The accused, identified as Vijay, allegedly took the infant to bushes nearby and sexually assaulted her, the officer added. The accused and the child’s parents worked on a construction project in the police unit, said the officer.
The infant’s parents informed police about her disappearance around midnight Friday. Police launched a search for the child in the area and also alerted the staff of nearby police stations.
The infant was found in bushes around 50 metres from her shanty after a constable heard her cry, said sources. The child was crying and there were injuries on her private parts, the sources added.
She was immediately taken to hospital, and her condition is stated to be critical, said the sources.
“Doctors informed police that she was raped. A team has been formed to investigate the case,” said Dependra Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police (south western range).
When the infant was rescued, a mobile phone was found at the spot, said police. People in the shanties said the phone belonged to Vijay, who was questioned and arrested Saturday, police added.
JCP Pathak said, “During questioning, the accused confessed to his crime. The accused hails from Bihar. We have lodged a case of rape and under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against him.”
Pathak added it was unfortunate that the child had been assaulted inside the campus of a police unit. Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal met the infant’s parents in the hospital.