A three-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her neighbour in central Delhi’s Anand Parbat on Wednesday morning. The girl suffered injuries in her private parts. The girl underwent a minor surgery and is under observation, said police. They said the condition of the girl was stable and she was recuperating.
The accused, a senior police officer said, was arrested after he was caught red-handed by the girl’s parents and neighbours. They beat him up, called the police control room and handed him over to the police. The accused was identified as Vijay, a 22-year-old daily wage worker. Vijay was produced before a city court that sent him to jail, said the officer.
According to the officer, the crime came to light around 7.30am on Wednesday. The girl lives with her family in a slum cluster in Baljeet Nagar near Anand Parbat in Delhi. Her father is a rickshaw puller while the mother works as a domestic help. Vijay lives in the same locality and worked with the girl’s parents. As Vijay was known to the girl’s family, he often visited them.
- March 24, 2017: A 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar.
- March 13, 2017: A six-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped by an unidentified man in Govindpuri area. The man later left her outside her home and fled.
- March 14, 2017: A four-and-a half-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her neighbour in an under construction building in south Delhi’s Neb Sarai.
- Feb 25, 2017: A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by her 16-year-old neighbour in outer Delhi’s Narela.
- Dec 24, 2016: A 60-year-old auto-rickshaw driver allegedly attempted to rape a 10-year-old girl in east Delhi’s Geeta Colony. The man had allegedly made a similar attempt on the same girl three months ago.
- Dec 16, 2016: Two men allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old girl from outside her home in northeast Delhi’s Khajoori Khas, took her to a nearby shop and attempted to gang-rape her. A local resident saw the two men entering the shop with the girl and informed her family members, who were already looking for her.
- Nov 21, 2016: A four-year-old girl in northwest Delhi’s Keshav Puram was found dead near her house. Police suspected sexual assault. They later recovered a CCTV footage that showed her neighbour carrying her into the bushes near her house.
- Sept 3, 2016: An 11-month-old infant was abducted and raped by her neighbour in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri.
- July 25, 2016: A four-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and raped by her 28-year-old neighbour in outer Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy. She was admitted in a government hospital. The accused, Junaid, was arrested later.
- July 23, 2016: A 14-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped several times by her neighbour and forced to drink a ‘corrosive substance’ that severely damaged her internal organs in north Delhi’s Burari. The girl later succumbed to her injuries.
- May 25, 2016: A 13-year-old girl with Down Syndrome was admitted in AIIMS after she was kidnapped, raped and dumped near the railway tracks allegedly by her neighbour in southeast Delhi’s Pul Prahladpur.
- May 10, 2016: A nine-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her neighbour, a toy seller, at his room in Sanjay Camp slum near Nigerian Embassy in Delhi’s high-security diplomatic enclave. The 21-year-old accused was later found to be an alleged serial rapist, who had earlier raped five more girls in the same locality.
On Wednesday around 7am, the girl’s parents were busy in some work when the girl went out to play with friends. Finding her playing alone, Vijay approached the girl and allegedly lured her to his jhuggi with the promise of giving her chocolates. “Vijay raped the minor girl after threatening to harm her and her parents if she screamed or told anybody about it,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, the girl’s parents found her missing and went looking for her in the locality. As their daughter knew Vijay, they entered his jhuggi to search her. The parents were shocked when they saw Vijay allegedly forcing himself on their daughter. The mother raised an alarm after which Vijay tried to flee. However, the girl’s father overpowered him with the help of some neighbours.
A neighbour called the police control room and the injured girl was rushed to a nearby government hospital. “The girl underwent a minor surgery to stop the bleeding. She was later discharged,” the officer said.
“A case under relevant sections of protection of children from sexual offences (POCSO) act and Indian penal code (IPC) was registered at the Anand Parbat police station and the accused was arrested,” the officer added.
An NGO has been roped in to provide counselling to the girl.