Girl, 3, raped in India as country marks anniversary of bus gang-rape

Girl, 3, raped in India as country marks anniversary of bus gang-rape

December 17, 2018 By mediabest

Girl, three, is fighting for life after being raped in India – as the country marked sixth anniversary of student’s horrific gang-rape on a moving bus

  • Three-year-old girl was lured from her home and subjected to a ‘brutal’ attack
  • She was found with bite and scratch marks outside her home in New Delhi, India
  • Comes on 6th anniversary of a savage gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus
  • Attack sparked huge protests and prompted calls for stiffer penalties for rape

A three-year-old girl is fighting for life after being raped in India as the country marks the sixth anniversary of a student’s horrific gang-rape on a moving bus.

The child was found unconscious with bite and scratch marks on her body outside her home in Sahyog Vihar, in New Delhi’s Bindapur district.

Police say her neighbour, a 40-year-old security guard, has been arrested over the rape. The suspect is said to have been attacked by locals before he was detained.

It comes on the sixth anniversary of the brutal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012. That attack sparked nation-wide protests and prompted calls for stiffer penalties for rape. 

A three-year-old girl is fighting for life after being raped in India as the country marked the sixth anniversary of a student’s horrific gang-rape on a moving bus. File picture: Activists protest about sexual violence in India

India has a grim record of sexual violence, with nearly 40,000 rape cases reported countrywide in 2016.


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Campaigners say the true figure is likely to be much higher given the social stigma around victims of sexual crimes.

The latest incident, involving a little girl in New Delhi, ‘let down’ the bus rape victim, according to Delhi Women’s Commissioner Swati Maliwal.

The child was allegedly lured with sweets before her attacker picked her up from outside her house.

Men convicted of the 2012 Delhi bus attack (from left) Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh had their death sentences upheld in July this year. Akshay Singh Thakur (right) did not appeal his sentence

Her parents, daily wage labourers, were away at the time. Local news reports say their daughter was subjected to a ‘brutal’ attack.

The accused was said to have been attacked by furious locals and had to be treated for his injuries before being arrested.  

Police have registered a case for rape under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act.  

On average, more than a hundred cases of women being raped were reported every day in India in 2016, according to the national crime records bureau. Around six of those were girls below the age of 12.

The crime that rocked India: How bus gang-rape sparked calls for change

Jyoti Singh,  a physiotherapy student, was raped and left for dead by a gang of five men and a teenager on a bus in the Indian capital New Delhi in December 2012.

The 23-year-old woman was coming home from the cinema with a male friend when a six-strong gang beat the man unconscious before raping and torturing her.

She was assaulted with an iron bar as the private bus drove loops for 45 minutes before she was dumped on the streets. Singh suffered horrific internal injuries and died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital.

The brutality of the attack, and her determination to survive long enough to identify her attackers to police, triggered angry demonstrations by tens of thousands of people in Delhi and nationwide.

Jyoti Singh, a physiotherapy student, was raped and left for dead by a gang of five men and a teenager on a bus in the Indian capital New Delhi in December 2012. The victim’s parents Asha Devi and Badri Singh are pictured at the Supreme Court in New Delhi in 2017

The case also put the treatment of women in the world’s largest democracy in the global spotlight and led to heavier sentences for sex crimes.

Four of the men were convicted in September 2013 for murder, gang-rape, theft, conspiracy and ‘unnatural acts’ after a seven-month trial in a fast-track court. 

In July, it emerged that the convicted men will face the death penalty.

Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh, who have always pleaded their innocence, had challenged last year’s ruling that upheld their death sentence.

In July, the defendants’ lawyer said they may seek a pardon from the president as a last-ditch attempt to have their verdicts overturned.

Only three of them were involved in the appeal rejected by the Supreme Court.

A fifth man, the suspected ringleader, was found dead in jail in a suspected suicide.

A 17-year-old also involved was sentenced to three years in a detention centre and has since been released.

Widespread protests and vigils took place after the 23-year-old student was brutally attacked

The defendants’ lawyer A. P. Singh ‘injustice’ had been meted out to his clients under ‘political and media pressure’.

Following the 2012 case and subsequent protests, some of which were violent, there were demands to overhaul the laws on sexual assaults.

A panel entrusted with reviewing legislation rejected public appeals for the death penalty for rape but boosted the jail terms to 20 years.

But the government then buckled under public pressure and approved capital punishment for repeat offenders.

There were some 40,000 rapes reported in India in 2016, according to the most recent official figures available.

Activists claim this is just the tip of the iceberg however, as many victims are afraid to report the crimes due to threats by perpetrators or the social stigma attached to sexual assaults.

In recent months a string of sex attacks, mostly of children, have caused further outrage and protests.

This included the attack on an eight-year-old girl from a Muslim nomadic community in January.

The girl from the northern Jammu region died after being kidnapped, drugged and gang raped by several men for days at a Hindu temple.

This led to the introduction of the death sentence for raping girls younger than 12.

More than 1,300 people have been sentenced to death in the past decade, and India ranks 10th globally in the number of sentences handed down.

India rejected a 2007 UN sponsored moratorium plea on executions amid an ongoing debate on capital punishment.

More than 370 convicts were on death row as on December 2017, the last official count, down from 399 the previous year.

But many were spared the noose by higher courts on appeals, including 35 who were acquitted outright.

Out of the 371 death row convicts in 2017, 43 were awarded the ultimate punishment for crimes involving fatal sexual assaults.

But India carries out very few hangings.

Just four convicts have been executed in the last 25 years, including Dhananjoy Chatterjee in 2004 for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.

The three other hangings — in 2010, 2011 and 2015 — were for terrorism.

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