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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Jaipur, September 25, 2013
A three-and-half-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Tuesday night when she went to fetch drinking water from near a railway station at Dabla village in Neemkathana tehsil of Sikar district, police said in Jaipur on Wednesday.

The girl, living in a shack near the station, was found in a critically injured condition by her parents after the assault last night and rushed to local hospital, before being referred to J K Lone hospital, where she was operated on, SP (Sikar) Haider Ali Zaidi said.

The condition of the victim was stated to be serious.

The girl lives with her parents in a shack near Dabla railway station in Neem ka Thana area in Sikar, police said.

She had gone to the railway station last night to fetch drinking water from a water cooler when someone caught hold of her, took her to a secluded spot and raped her, they said.

"The girl was rushed to Jaipur last night where she was operated on," Zaidi said, adding that two persons have been rounded up on suspicion.

The matter is being probed, he said.

JK Lon hospital superintendent Dr SD Sharma said the victim was brought to the hospital on Wednesday early morning. She had internal injuries and bruises on abdomen, he said, adding, she has been operated upon and shifted to intensive care unit. Her condition is serious, but stable, he said.

Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Deepak Kalra, said FIR has been lodged and police have detained a few persons in this connection. She said the victim's father had told her that victim would identify the culprit.

She said the commission has taken the cognizance and will follow the case. "It will be ensured the child gets proper treatment and the accused is arrested soon. "We will lodge the case under protection of children from sexual offences Act (POCSO)," she added.

Condemning the incident, Peoples Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) general secretary Kavita Shrivastava said cases of sexual assault on little girls were on rise. She said: "We have to ensure the security of little girls without limiting their freedom." She demanded immediate arrest of the culprit, Rs. 5 lakh compensation to the victim's family members and shutting the liquor shop at Dabla village. State Woman Commission chairperson Lad Kumar Jain said: " There is need for rehabilitation and a uniform policy for giving compensation to such victims," adding, she has written to chief minister regarding it."