The tweet of one of India’s top female politicians has caused a stirring sentiment with the many mothers of the Hindu continent.
The Delhi Commission for Women chief, Ms Swati Maliwal, a well-known public figure in Indian politics, visited the raped 8-month-old in hospital and said she couldn’t restrain herself anymore, after seeing what the 28-year-old cousin of the little infant did to her. She tweeted: "Her heart-rending cries could be heard in the intensive-care unit of the hospital. She has horrific injuries in her internal organs,"
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Special POCSO Court NW Rohini awarded Rs 75,000 interim compensation to 8 month old girl today itself on DCW application. Thank Ld. Judge for swift action. However, we all will need to contribute to fully support the girl financially until she turns major. Her parents r v poor.</p>— Swati Jai Hind (@SwatiJaiHind) <a href="https://twitter.com/SwatiJaiHind/status/958330108837679104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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“What to do? How can Delhi sleep today when 8 month baby has been brutally raped in Capital? Have we become so insensitive or we have simply accepted this as our fate? Where is the sena which attacked a school bus to 'protect honour'? No one to ask questions from the system now?”
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The little girl was left alone with her cousin while the parents were out to work. He took the child upstairs and raped it multiple times apparently. The man has been arrested.
The incident is likely to fuel continuing demands for policing reforms to combat sexual violence.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau data since 2016, incidents of rape against children in India have increased by well over 82 percent compared to 2015.
Last year, police registered 38,947 rape complaints, an increase of 12.4 percent from the previous year.