New Delhi, Sep 4: In yet another shocking incident, an 11-month-old baby who was sleeping with her mother at a make-shift shelter was allegedly abducted and raped by her neighbour in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri late on Friday. The accused is a 36-year-old man who worked as a construction labourer at the office-cum-residential complex of Delhi.
According to police reports, the mother and the infant slept with each other. Finding her mother asleep, the accused took the child to a nearby jungle at around 10pm and allegedly raped the infant for two hours and abandoned in the bushes there. When the mother found the infant missing at around 11 pm, she immediately informed the police about it. (ALSO READ: Maharashtra Government: Rape convicts in state will not be granted parole anymore
The infant was found in an unconscious state by a police team from Vikaspuri police station, officials said. It was reported by TOI that the cops informed her parents and took her to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital and had her admitted to the intensive care unit there. “The girl was bleeding profusely. Doctors at the hospital have said that her condition is serious,” said a senior officer. The police also spotted a cell-phone at the same spot where they located the child. “The police team was helped by the recovery of the mobile phone to track the location of the accused,” the officer was quoted by TOI. “We traced him to the labour camp.”
When the acused was arrested, he initially denied being involved in the rape case, but on sustained questioning admitted to it. Police said that he was a resident of Bihar and travelled to Delhi periodically to work as a construction labourer. “The survivor’s father and the accused were both employed by the same contractor to construct a boundary wall around the police office,” said the officer.(ALSO READ: Kolkata: Drunk Ola drivers gang-rape, kill 12-year-old; arrested)
According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, 927 incidents of child rapes have been reported in 2015, making Delhi most unsafe city for children. Among those raped last year, 585 were below the age of 16. Of them, 95% were assaulted by people known to them. Police claimed that almost all the accused were arrested within 24 hours of the incident, the report stated.
Of the 7,730 cases of abduction reported in Delhi last year, around 60% were of children. Police said in most of these cases, the children were sexually assaulted. According to the Centre for Child Rights, 53.2% of all children are sexually abused, with 20.9% suffering severe abuse. These go unreported due to the stigma attached to rape. Also in another shocking revelation, the statistics in NCRB data show 60.83% of the cases were reported from the poorer sections of society and around 20% of the criminals involved in sexually abusing children are themselves juveniles.
Police have recorded the statements of the victim’s parents. The shocked father said that he was horrified to see his daughter’s condition. “Her clothes were torn and she had nail marks all over the body. The severe injuries might have a lifelong impact on her health.” Swati Maliwal, Delhi Commission for Women chief, visited the hospital and met the child’s family members. Pushpendra Kumar, DCP (West) said that an FIR for rape under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 6 of the POCSO Act had been registered and the accused sent to Tihar Jail.
After further investigations, it was found that the accused lived with the other labourers engaged in building the boundary wall. In his confession, he told police that he picked up the infant around 10pm. “He said he then took her to the bushes beside a drain and raped her for nearly two hours,” the officer said. Fearing that she had died when she became unconscious, he left the child in the bushes and fled to his shack, as reported by TOI.
According to the NCRB data, The statistics showed that 60.83% of the cases were reported from the poorer sections of society and around 20% of the criminals involved in sexually abusing children are themselves juveniles.