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Angry Crowds Gather To Protest After Toddler Raped In New Delhi, India

| by Brendan Kelly
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Crowds of angry citizens in New Delhi, India gathered on Oct. 17, reportedly to protest police for failing to act after a toddler was raped.

On the night of Oct. 16, two men allegedly abducted a 2-and-a-half-year-old girl at a religious event in West Delhi, AFP reported. The men raped the child before dumping her in a park near her home, according to police and the girl's relatives.

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In another incident in the city, a 5-year-old girl was lured to a neighbor's house and raped by three men, according to a police officer who spoke with AFP.

A crowd of over 100 people gathered near the toddler's home on the afternoon of Oct. 17. They attempted to block traffic and lambasted the police for failing to make arrests in the case.

"Police are not doing anything to arrest the rapists," a relative of the girl told reporters, according to AFP. "We don't feel safe in this city and there will be a day when parents will stop giving birth to girls fearing they will be raped."

The attacks are just two examples of sexual assaults against women and children in New Delhi that have sparked outrage in India.

"We have launched a manhunt for the suspects," Pushpendra Kumar, the West Delhi police chief, told AFP in regards to the toddler's case. "Two men were involved in the abduction of the girl and the tests have confirmed rape." 

Kumar added that further examination would reveal if both men raped the girl. So far, no arrests have been made.

Police arrested three men for the rape of the 5-year-old victim after tests showed that the girl was raped multiple times, Arab News reports. Locals managed to catch the alleged attackers.

Sources: AFP via Yahoo! News, Arab News

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