A five-year-old girl was raped in Khera village in Hapur on Saturday morning. The village is located on NH24 between Delhi and Lucknow.
The girl was sleeping outside her house with her 10-year-old sister when one or more unidentified persons kidnapped and raped her, according to the police complaint.
She was found on a roadside plot about 50 metres away from their house, and taken to a local hospital. Doctors referred her to the Meerut Medical College, where a medical examination confirmed sexual assault.
“The family was sleeping outside the house as the weather was humid. They did not get to know when the criminals took the girl away,” Hapur police superintendent Alankrita Singh said.
The family members only realised the girl was missing when they were woken by rain at about 4 am.
The incident comes barely a week after a mother and daughter were brutally raped on the Bulandshahr highway, resulting in widespread protests.
In this case too angry villagers blocked the national highway for over two hours, demanding the arrest of the accused. They relented only after a case was registered and police assured them that those involved in the crime would be nabbed soon.
Doctors operated on the girl on Saturday, Singh said. The girl’s condition is said to be stable and out of danger.