Thousands in India protest rape of child

Protests over child rape in India

Protests over child rape in India

On Saturday, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to investigate the rape of an eight-year-old girl here, the police said.

Doctors treating the victim in Indore said she was "severely assaulted".

Member of AIMSS, AIDSO, AIDYO hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the brutal rape of a seven-year-old girl in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, at Madhya Pradesh House, Chanakyapuri, on June 30, 2018 in New Delhi, India.

The incident has sparked protests in different cities across the region in Madhya Pradesh demanding capital punishment for the accused. Every day, newspapers carry fresh stories of sexual violence against women.

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The child was waiting for her father near her school in Mandsaur town when she was allegedly picked up by the accused, who raped her and also tried to strangle her, police said. Officials say the girl, who was found bleeding and unconscious on Wednesday with stab wounds from the alleged attack, is in stable condition in a hospital. CCTV footage, accessed from nearby shops, showed her walking away with one of the accused. Hence, the state government was mulling to move the court pleading to conduct trial of the case in the jail where the two accused have been lodged, sources added. Shukla said 70 per cent of the investigation had been completed and a blood-stained knife, the victim's school bag, among other things, were recovered. "We just want to confirm a few things with her and then we will put up the final report in court".

People, including the chief minister of the state have demanded the death penalty for the rapists.

"The haste with which the three suspended officials have been reinstated has ended all hopes of justice to kin of deceased farmers, whom Chief Minisiter Shivraj Singh Chouhan had assured previous year to render justice", said Nath.

"Madhya Pradesh police have reportedly arrested two men accused to be involved in the inhuman act".

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