Police in the Indian city of Mumbai arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl on Monday. The shocking incident has left Indian social media users angry at the rising instances of rape in the country and the lack of immediate judicial action.
Police officials told news media outlets that the man was an acquaintance of the girl’s father. An official said that the accused knew the family and would often visit their residence in Mumbai's suburb Goregaon.
On Monday afternoon, the accused visited the girl’s home and found her alone. Taking advantage of the situation, he sexually assaulted the girl.
The girl's elder brother reached home around the same time and immediately alerted his neighbours. He also quickly informed his parents about the incident.
The parents went to the local police station and lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against the accused, the official added.
According to news reports, cops arrested the accused on the same day. Police have charged him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for rape, and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
Many took to Twitter to urge severe punishment. @athimoolamias posted: “It is very sad... The culprit should be punished severely.”
Tweep @MadMonkIndie wrote: “These men are not scared of the consequences, they are so consumed by evil that they commit this sort of a crime with a child… Such people have no guilt.”
According to India’s National Crimes Records Bureau, in 2016 the rape of minor girls increased by 82 per cent compared with the previous year. And, across all rape cases, 95 per cent of rapists were not strangers but family, friends, and neighbours.
Tweep @liyakat7070 added: “Minors easily targeted by rapists, so parents have to take extra care of them.”