NEW DELHI: A toddler and a five-year-old girl were raped in separate attacks in New Delhi overnight with at least one gang-raped, police said on Saturday.
A two-and-a-half-year-old girl was abducted from a religious event in west Delhi by two men on Friday night and raped before being dumped in a park near her home, relatives and police said. On the other side of the city, the five-year-old was lured to a neighbour’s house and raped by three men, a police officer told AFP.
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“We have launched a manhunt for the suspects. So far no one has been arrested,” Pushpendra Kumar, West Delhi police chief, told AFP of the younger girl’s case. Police have arrested three men in the case of the five-year-old victim after locals managed to catch her assailants and hand them over to the authorities.
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Both girls are undergoing medical treatment but are believed to be out of danger. Meanwhile, angry crowds gathered near the home of the younger girl Saturday afternoon, attempted to block traffic and lambasted the police’s failure to make arrests in the case.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2015.