A 6-year-old girl was left with life-threatening injuries after she was allegedly brutalised by three cousins who inserted a stick in her private parts after gangraping her in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah, police said on Saturday.
One of the accused has been arrested after the incident on Thursday. Two of the accused are minors.
The incident comes amid a crackdown by the Yogi Adityanath on criminals harassing women in public places. The BJP, which sweeped to power in Uttar Pradesh, has promised to ensure women’s safety.
“My youngest daughter was playing outside the house on Thursday evening while we had gone to the fields. The accused lured my daughter to a nearby field and gangraped her. They also inserted wood in her private parts. We found her lying in a pool of blood and took her to the district hospital but she was referred to JN Medical College, Aligarh”, the victim’s mother said.
Anita, in-charge of the women’s Hospital in Etah said doctors pulled out “pieces of wood” from the body of the victim who was “in a very serious condition”.
“She was bleeding profusely and there was danger of her liver bursting. So she was referred to JN Medical College, Aligarh where she has been operated upon,” she added.
Prof M Haris Khan, superintendent of JN Medical College said “the victim is under utmost care round the clock”.
“She is out of danger and is recovering, but is so terrified that a child psychologist will start her counselling from tomorrow.”
Police said the three brothers are aged 18, 16 and 7. A total of nine people have been booked in the case.