Indian police arrest two teenagers over toddler rape

New Delhi police arrest two teenagers after questioning 250 people over rape of two-and-half-year-old girl

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Indian students hold placards during a protest against latest incidents of rape in New Delhi, India, Sunday, October 18, 2015

Updated Oct 23, 2015

Indian police said on Sunday that they arrested two teenagers over the rape of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in western Delhi.

The toddler was abducted from a religious event during a 10 minute power outage by two men on a motorbike on Friday night and dumped in a park near her home after being raped, relatives and police said. Her relatives and neighbours found her bleeding profusely.

Twenty police officers questioned more than 250 suspects before arresting the teenagers over the case on late Saturday.

Delhi Police Commissioner Dependra Pathak said the suspects will face initial charges in 10 days, after all evidence has been collected.

Both of the boys lived in the same poor neighbourhood as the girl, who is being treated in hospital, Pathak added.

It was the second child rape incident in 24 hours in the city. A five year old girl was allured by her neighbour, taken to his home in an east Delhi suburb and raped by three men on Friday evening. The three men have been arrested over the rape.

A week ago, another four year old girl was found abandoned near a railway after being raped and slashed with a knife in the city. Police arrested a 25-year-old man over the incident, from which the girl suffered severe internal injuries.

The horrific incidents led to protests in New Delhi on Saturday and Sunday against the authorities for failing to act.

In 2012, a university student was gang raped by six men in a bus in Delhi, which led to an outpouring of public anger and the enactment of tougher anti rape laws by the Indian government. National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics have been released showing that a woman is raped in every 20 minutes somewhere in India.

The Indian government has doubled the maximum prison term for rape to 20 years, made voyeurism and acid attacks specific crimes under the law, and created special courts to process cases more quickly after gang rapes.

The NCRB reports show that Delhi has the highest ratio of rape incidents in the country.

Over two thousand rape cases in Delhi and 36,735 in the whole India were recorded in 2014. However, these numbers still underrepresent the real scale of the crime, experts say.


TRTWorld and agencies