"When they found the victim, she was lying in a pool of her own blood"
A 5-year-old girl was found in a pool of her own blood in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
She was found in this injured state after allegedly being sexually abused by an 11-year-old boy.
The young girl was lured to a desolate location by the 11-year-old boy, where she then was allegedly sexually abused.
The screams of pain and shrieks for help of the young child, alerted individuals who followed her voice to locate the young girl. The boy had fled the scene by this time.
When they found the victim, she was lying in a pool of her own blood.
Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna, confirmed on Saturday, that the boy did lure the minor to an isolated location.
He also confirmed that the boy who is 11-years-old was studying in class 3 at the time of the incident.
Krishna, also confirmed that the father of the victim has filed a police complaint. The young girl had to seek medical help but was able to relay her ordeal to the police.
The police have also confirmed that they have detained the 11-year-old boy accused of this horrific crime.
There has been a sharp incline in the number of child rape cases within India. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of India have noted this trend.
The NCRB first noted a sharp increase between 2015 to 2016, they noted that the number of crimes towards children generally had increased.
However, in particular, they saw that cases of rape involving minors had increased by 82% when looking at figures from 2015 compared to figures in 2016.
Interestingly, the NCRB recorded the sharpest rise in child rape cases to be reported within Uttar Pradesh, the same region where this brutal crime took place.
The NCRB noted that in 2015 10,854 cases of child rape had been reported whereas 19,765 cases were registered in 2016.
This trend of these crimes rising over the years has continued with the government attempting to place safeguards in place to protect minors.
The President of India had resolved to strengthen the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in April, 2018.
However, despite there being extensions to the sentence lengths for child-rapists and the inclusion of the death penalty, this has done little to combat the issue of child rape in India.
Amnesty International had fired back at the Indian Government for failing to protect minors from child rape, highlighting this figure:
“On average, a child is raped every 155 minutes in India.”
It was with this pressures placed on the government, that they decided to introduce new stricter measures to the POCSO Act in April 2018.
This included the death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years of age, as well as lengthier and harsher punishment for those who rape children under 16 years of age.
With yet another case of child rape occurring in India and the alleged perpetrator being a minor himself, it appears the problem of child rape is not alleviating in India.
This case highlights that more needs to be done to stop such horrific crimes from taking place in India.