Three-year-old girl fighting for her life after building security guard, 40, brutally rapes her
The 40-year-old security guard who allegedly raped the minor was severely beaten by neighbors before the police arrived at the scene.
A three-year-old Indian girl who was allegedly raped by her neighbor has been left fighting for her life in the hospital. According to local reports, a 40-year-old security guard who worked in the building where the little girl lived with her family has been arrested in connection with the incident. Shockingly, the alleged assault took place on the sixth anniversary of a gang rape attack which made national headlines in 2012 after a student was brutally attacked on a moving bus, The Sun reports.
The girl was rushed to the hospital for critical surgery after responding officers discovered her in an unconscious state. That said, it is yet to be established if the child will be able to fully recover from the "brutal" attack, as described by local outlets. Before law enforcement arrived at the scene, neighbors reportedly beat the accused security guard, who suffered minor injuries.
Delhi's Women Commissioner Swati Maliwal posted a number of messages pertaining to the incident on social media. "She is bleeding profusely and is [very] critical. I am sitting outside the operation theatre and have just spoken to the doctors. The child is battling for her life," she wrote. According to her, the incident had "let down Nirbhaya", the same student who was gang-raped on a bus in 2012.
Given that the girl's true identity was protected by law as a victim of sexual assault, the country gave her the name "Nirbhaya", which means "fearless", recognizing the undying spirit of a woman. Nirbhaya was traveling with a friend on a private bus on December 16, 2012, when the pair were brutally tortured and raped by the driver, four men, and a juvenile on the moving bus.
The incident sparked a major public outrage over the increasing reports of rape and sexual assaults in India and ultimately turned into a nationwide movement. The outcry led to historic changes in the law, including the introduction of the death penalty for raping a minor under the age of 12.
More than 10,000 children were raped in 2015, according to statistics published by the government of India, which also brought forth terrifying data showing a child under 16 was raped every 155 minutes in India. In another bone-chilling incident, a four-year-old girl was gang-raped in an Indian hospital last month while being treated in the intensive care unit.