Brutal Rape of Girl, 5, Sets Off Protests in India

Suspect arrested in rape of child
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 20, 2013 12:01 PM CDT
Assault on Girl, 5, in India Sets Off Protests
Young Buddhist monks in India pray for the speedy recovery of a 5-year-old girl who was assaulted.   (AP Photo/Manish Bhandari)

A 5-year-old girl was in serious condition today after being raped and tortured by a man who held her in a locked room in India's capital for two days, officials said. The incident—which came four months after the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus caused outrage across India about the treatment of women in the country—sparked protests against the authorities' handling of the case. The girl went missing Monday and was found Wednesday by neighbors who heard her crying in a room in the same New Delhi building where she lives with her parents, said a Delhi police official. The girl was found alone locked in a room and left for dead, he said.

A 24-year-old man who lived in the room where the girl was found was arrested today in Muzaffarpur town in Bihar state, about 600 miles east of New Delhi. The man was flown to New Delhi, where a magistrate ordered that he be held in police custody. The girl suffered severe internal injuries, as well as cuts and bite marks on her face and torso. Meanwhile, hundreds of people in New Delhi protested near the home minister's residence and outside police headquarters demanding government action against the police for allegedly failing to investigate after the girl was reported missing. (More India stories.)

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