2-year-old homeless girl kidnapped, raped

A two-year-old homeless girl was allegedly kidnapped from a footpath and raped by a 24-year-old vagabond in a railway washing yard in north Delhi’s Kotwali on November 17 (Saturday).

The accused was arrested on Sunday following raids by the police at various locations. The police had formed 10 teams for the task.

The police said it was around 2.30 a.m. on Saturday when the child who was sleeping next to her mother was kidnapped by Anil alias Lalu, a resident of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

The man took the girl to a secluded place in the railway’s washing yard and raped her, the police said.

Search for girl

The accused fled after raping the child. Around 3.30 a.m.,when the child’s mother woke up and did not find her daughter by her side, she rushed to her husband, a rickshaw puller, who was sleeping near a gurdwara.

After more than three hours of looking for the girl, the couple lodged a complaint at Kotwali police station.

A case of kidnapping under IPC Section 363 was registered, said a police officer.

Meanwhile, a passer-by spotted the girl lying near the tracks at the railway yard and informed the police at Old Delhi Railway station.

“The cops found that the child was bleeding and took her to Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital. They informed the Kotwali police station. The police called the girl’s parents and took them to the hospital where they identified her. A case of rape was registered,” the officer said.

The child’s condition is stable, she has been shifted to Lok Nayak Hospital for further treatment. “The accused was identified with the help of CCTV footage of the area from where the child was reported missing. He was arrested within a few hours of the incident being reported. The case is under investigation,” added the police officer.

Maliwal expresses shock

Meanwhile, Delhi Commission For Women chairperson Swati Maliwal met the girl in the hospital and expressed outrage over the incident.

“1.5 year old homeless girl brutally raped in Delhi. Met her in hospital & can’t describe her condition. Her beggar mom is inconsolable. Her cries ring in my head. Thru my Anshan, law 4 death 2 rapist created but till date no rapist given death in Delhi! No fear amongst criminals [sic],” she tweeted.

“PM @narendramodi ji’s cabinet promised during my Anshan that within 3 months they will increase police resources, accountability & fast track courts so that rapists shall be given death within 6 months. I broke my fast on this promise. Till date, nothing done by Centre. Shameful! [sic]” Ms. Maliwal wrote.

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