Friday, April 19, 2013

The Underbelly Of Delhi

A five-year-old girl is battling for her life after being kidnapped and repeatedly raped by a neighbor in the Indian capital, Delhi.  The girl was taken hostage and attacked in a locked room for over 48 hours, police said.  She was rescued by a passer-by who heard her cries. No arrests have been made.  The five-year-old girl has been admitted to a city hospital in a critical condition.

"The girl was traumatized when she was brought to us. There were injuries to her lips, cheeks and chest wall. There were bruises on her neck," registered nurse Bansal, chief of Swami Dayanand hospital, told reporters.  Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said that police had launched a probe into the rape and "attempted murder" of the girl.

In a separate development, police in Delhi say they are also looking for a group of men who allegedly gang-raped a 19-year-old woman.

Reports say the woman, who works as a domestic helper, was offered a lift in a vehicle by the men and then allegedly sedated and raped.  She was found semi-naked by pedestrians on a road early the next morning.  Doctors at the city's Safdarjung Hospital said she that although she was suffering from trauma, there were no signs of external injuries.

Reports said the woman, who is married and comes from from Nepal, was on the way to her brother's house from her employer's residence in the up-market Defence Colony neighborhood when a car carrying the men stopped to ask her for directions and offered to drop her near her home.

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