Eight-month-old baby raped in Indian capital Delhi
The incident is likely to fuel continuing demands for policing reforms to combat sexual violence [File:Ajit Solanki/Associated Press] 

New Delhi, India – An eight-month-old baby girl has been raped in India’s capital, New Delhi, allegedly by her 28-year-old cousin while her parents were out working.

The rape has provoked angry reactions from activists who are pressing for long-pending police accountability to aid in the fight against sexual violence in the country.

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Mariya Salim
by Mariya Salim

The mother found her child bleeding upon returning from work in the evening. The doctors at the hospital confirmed the rape and said the baby had to undergo surgery.

“I had left for work leaving my children at home. My wife works too. So she too left for work soon after. When she came back, she saw blood-soaked bed and clothes of the child. When she told this to her sister-in-law she made excuses. My child is in critical condition now,” the father, a labourer in the city, told Indian news agency ANI.

The accused has been arrested, police in Delhi said.

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“We arrested the accused yesterday [Monday]. He is the 28-year-old cousin of the victim,” said Parvati, Additional Sub-Inspector at Subhash Nagar Police Station.

“I cannot help it the women in Delhi are so difficult” said the rapist.