On the evening of 16 October, police questioned more than 250 residents of the western Delhi neighbourhood where a 2 1/2-year-old girl was raped and left bleeding in a park.
This led the police to finding and arresting the two teenagers for allegedly raping a toddler in New Delhi, in the latest incident of sexual violence against a young child in the Indian capital.
The two 17-year-old boys were arrested on Sunday (18 October), said Dependra Pathak, a top police officer.
According to YahooNews, Pushpendra Kumar, deputy commissioner of police, said after they were interrogated, the teens admitted their guilt.
There was a 10-minute power outage in the neighborhood while the toddler was playing outside her home. The moment the power came back on, she was missing. Her family found her lying unconscious and bleeding in a park three hours later.
On Saturday (17 October), in a separate incident, police arrested three men for raping a 5-year-old in an east Delhi suburb.
Just a week before a 4-year-old girl was found dumped near a railway track after being raped and slashed with a blade in the Indian capital.
All the recent assaults have caused uproar, with Delhi residents accusing the city’s government of failure to protect women and girls.
In December 2012, the fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus led to a national outcry. Since then, the government doubled the maximum prison term for rape to 20 years, created special courts to prosecute cases more quickly, and made voyeurism and acid attacks specific crimes under the law.
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