Saturday, 20 April 2013

5-year-old girl raped in India: Police offers parents $37 to keep quiet

5-year-old girl raped in India: Police offers parents $37 to keep quiet, After a five-year-old girl was kidnapped, tortured, and brutally raped with “a 200-millimeter bottle and two, three pieces of candle” in Bihar, India, police offered the parents “2,000 rupees — about $37 — if they would keep quiet about the case.” Following public protests, a 25-year-old suspect, who was just recently married and lived in the same apartment building as the five-year-old girl, was arrested on Saturday morning by Delhi police, reported The New York Times on April 20, 2013.

The suspect, 25-year-old Manoj Kumar, is accused of having “kidnapped, repeatedly raped, starved and tortured” the five-year-old girl who lived in the same apartment building as he did.

According to the statements made in the video by the five-year-old girl’s father, mother, and relatives, the five-year-old girl was reported missing by her family on the evening of April 15, and her parents found her two days later, on April 17, in the ground-floor apartment when they heard her cries.

After being taken to a hospital in New Delhi on Friday night, the girl is said to be in critical condition and fighting for her life.

R.K. Bansal, the medical superintendent of Swami Dayanand Hospital, said in an interview broadcast on television that “We found a 200-millimeter bottle and two, three pieces of candle inserted into her private parts. This is the first time I have seen such barbarism. There were injuries on her lips, cheeks, arms and anus area, her neck had bruise marks suggesting that attempts were made to strangle her.”

According to the statements made by the five-year-old girl’s family members, the police did not take their complaint about the missing girl seriously and did not search adequately for her attacker. After the girl was found, police told the parents that now that they found her, they could keep quiet and offered the parents “2,000 rupees — about $37 — if they would keep quiet about the case.”

The father of the five-year-old girl who was kidnapped outside of her home while she was playing and then starved, tortured, and raped, says that he wants the Indian government to do the same to the suspect as he did to his little daughter.

Since many people in India agree with him, massive protests are to be expected in India in the upcoming days.

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