Pedophile Arrested After He’s Caught Raping His 8-Month-Old Baby Cousin

The rape has provoked angry reactions from activists

pedophile has been arrested after it was discovered he raped an eight-month-old baby girl, who was also his cousin, in India’s capital, New Delhi.

The man, who was 28, attacked the baby girl while her parents were out working.

The rape has provoked angry reactions from activists who are pressing for police accountability to aid the fight against pedophilia and rape in the country.

The baby’s mother, upon returning from work, found her bleeding as doctors confirmed there and confirmed the bay had to undergo surgery.

“I had left for work leaving my children at home. My wife works too. So she too left for work soon after. When she came back, she saw blood-soaked bed and clothes of the child. When she told this to her sister-in-law she made excuses. My child is in critical condition now,” the father told Indian news agency ANI.

aljazeera reports: “We arrested the accused yesterday [Monday]. He is the 28-year-old cousin of the victim,” said Parvati, Additional Sub-Inspector at Subhash Nagar Police Station.

“We have booked him under 376 Indian Penal Code and section 6 of the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences. The investigation is still underway,” Parvati told Al Jazeera.

‘No deterrence’

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A Delhi government official told Al Jazeera the child is on life support and that her internal organs were damaged during the assault.

The Chief of the Delhi Commission for Women, Swati Maliwal, after visiting the child in hospital, said she was frustrated with the “complete systemic apathy” and the fact that “people just turn the pages of the newspapers and carry on with their lives”.

“I can still hear her screams and cries. As DCW chief, I feel horrified at this abuse of a child, I feel as if I have been raped. She is on life support right now,” Maliwal told Al Jazeera.

The incident is likely to fuel continuing demands for policing reforms to combat sexual violence.

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