Close on the heels of the rape of a four-year-old girl last week, a toddler and a five-year-old girl were allegedly raped in two separate incidents in the span of 24 hours, said police.
Police said in the first incident, a two-year-old girl was abducted from a school ground near her house, where she had gone to watch a Ramlila performance. In the second case, a five-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by three men who were later arrested.
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Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwestern range) Dependra Pathak told The Indian Express that a case has been registered in connection with the toddler’s rape case. “We are looking for the suspects, but no arrest has been made so far,” he said.
Police had initially zeroed in on the possible suspects after CCTV footage in the vicinity showed two men on a motorbike exiting the block at around 12.30 am with the girl between them. However, they ruled out the theory after they recorded the girl’s statement.
She said, “Bhayia mujhe apni godi mein lekar gaye the (The man carried me)”. Police now suspect the role of an insider as the girl did not resist when she was taken by the man.
According to police, the incident came to light after the girl’s father made a PCR call after he found his daughter missing.
“The parents began looking for their daughter, who had run off to the grounds. They called police and launched a massive search. At about 2 am, the girl was found by the locals in a nearby park — 500 mts away from her home. She was bleeding profusely,” said an officer.
She was rushed to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital on Saturday with bleeding from her genital areas. Doctors said she sustained severe injuries, which will need surgery.
Sources said medical examination had confirmed forced penetration. “There are tears in her genital areas which confirm penetration. These caused the bleeding. She also has cuts and bruises on the upper half of her body and her face,” said a hospital source.
Sources said the girl was in shock and could not comprehend what had happened. “We will assign a psychiatrist to assess her condition soon, but assessing the impact of such a trauma on a two-year-old is very difficult. We have put her on pain medications to ease her physical discomfort,” added the source.
In the other incident, three men who were allegedly under the influence of intoxicants raped a five-year-old girl right above her house on Friday.
Police said one of the accused was known to the girl and her family. “The three accused have been identified as Prakash (35), Sita Ram (40) and Rewati (35).
Prakash is known to the girl’s family as he lives on the second floor while the girl lives on the first floor of the building,” said DCP (East) B S Gurjar.
According to police, the incident occurred at about 4:45 pm. Prakash and his friends abducted the child and took her to Prakash’s room, where they repeatedly raped her. The girl’s father is a construction labourer while her mother works as a domestic help. The girl was alone at home when the three abducted her.
“Residents found the girl crying with her clothes partially and covered with blood spots. She told them she was sexually assaulted by the three. Residents then caught hold of them and handed them over to police,” said an officer. Hospital sources said rape has been confirmed.