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5-Year-Old Girl Brutally Raped, Family Bribed to Keep Quiet

5-Year-Old Girl Brutally Raped, Family Bribed to Keep Quiet

Most 5-year-old girls spend their time playing make-believe and running around outside. Many have graduated to shoes with laces, but most cannot even tie their shoes yet.

A girl at 5-years-old is just that – a young, innocent, carefree, playful girl.

Now imagine that instead of spending the afternoon playing as she would on any other day, this day a 5-year-old girl is abducted by a 22-year-old man and brutally raped for 40 hours. The young girl was found in the man’s apartment three days later and rushed to the hospital where candle pieces and a small bottle were removed from her genitals.

It actually makes me sick to even think about it in detail, but such is the reality of a young girl in India. The attack took place in New Delhi where just a few months ago a 23-year-old girl was gang raped and brutally beaten by 6 men in the back of a bus; she eventually died after receiving treatment.

Luckily this young girl is in stable condition physically, but I imagine this incident will be a lifelong struggle for her and her family. To make matters worse, when speaking to police about the attack the young girl’s father was offered money to keep quite.

When a 5-year-old girl is raped, you do not keep quite. You demand justice for your child just like these parents have done.

After learning about the brutal rape Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued a statement saying the following:

“The Prime Minister has been deeply disturbed to hear news of the shameful incident in which a 5-year-old child in Delhi was sexually abused and is now fighting for her life in hospital…The Prime Minister has once again reiterated the need for society to look deep within and work to root out the evil of rape and other such crimes from our midst.”

According to the Asian Center for Human Rights, 48,338 child rape cases were reported in India from 2001 – 2011. Given the number of cases that go unreported, this figure is likely much higher. This is horrifying, especially when you consider that in this case the police – those meant to protect you – tried to bribe the family into staying quiet.

Luckily, there are many who are not staying quiet. Over the weekend hundreds of people protested outside police headquarters demanding that the government ensure the safety of all women and girls in New Delhi and that the police be held accountable for bribing and dismissing the parents concerns about their missing daughter.

It is not time to be quiet – not at all. It’s time to shout and demand justice for this young girl and for every young girl at risk in New Delhi and throughout India.

 

Related from Care2:

Gang Rapes Incite Debate Over Women’s Safety in India

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8:01AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

this is the saddest thing I have heard in quite some time

2:34AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

WHAT, I'm speechless!

12:45PM PDT on May 26, 2013

The brutality and amount of rapes reported, have lead to a decrease in tourists to India. And rightly so. Noone is safe. Not little girls. Not young women. Not older women. Not tourists. As long as Indias mothers allow their sons to grow up with the view that women and girls are there for their pleasure, nothing will change. The legal system also have to put the foot down. Harsh punishments for any form of sexual attacks. From degrading behaviour by men against women passing a contruction site to horrific sexual assaults: all of this must be put a stop to. Heavy fines for lesser crimes and life in prison (preferrably spent among the general prison population) for those that rape. This has to stop now! I'm glad that both men and women take to the streets, and demand justice and even beat up men accused of sex crimes and police that doesn't act.

2:16AM PDT on May 25, 2013

OMG! This is unbelievable! I totally agree with Ximena Ramirez:
It is NOT time to be quiet. It’s time to shout and demand justice for this young girl and for every young girl.

1:01AM PDT on May 24, 2013

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/265/898/101/protect-indias-widows/

4:00PM PDT on May 5, 2013

There is no rehabilitating these types of pedophiles and they should be dealt with in a very severe manner with no mercy. There is something really wrong when a baby is seen as a sex object. Sick sad world.

8:54AM PDT on May 4, 2013

There is a petition addressing this, it is today's hottest petition, I have previously signed but I wish I could sign it a million times. This is the most disgusting of all crimes.

4:41AM PDT on May 3, 2013

This is expected from North Indian Police.

5:05PM PDT on May 1, 2013

I think I would have punched the asshole who told me to keep quiet. The poor baby, how could anyone do this? :-(

8:32PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Why would the PM even imagine that empty platitudes would be useful in a nation that still kills off its female embryos and freely rapes young girls and women?

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