06 Aug 2020: Delhi man arrested for raping 12-year-old; victim in ICU
A man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl was arrested in Delhi, the police said on Thursday. The minor underwent surgery after the brutal sexual assault which reportedly left her bleeding constantly.
The incident occurred in the Paschim Vihar locality of West Delhi on Tuesday.
The girl has reportedly been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at All India Institute Of Medical Sciences.
Crime: Girl attacked with heavy, sharp object
The police told The Indian Express that around 5:30 pm on Tuesday, the girl's neighbors saw her covered in blood and unable to stand in the balcony of her house.
The girl's family was at work at the time and she was alone in the house. The police said she had been hit in the head five-six times with a heavy and sharp object.
Treatment: After primary treatment, she was taken to AIIMS
The girl was rushed to a nearby clinic first where the doctors said she should be taken to a hospital given the extent of the injuries, according to TIE.
She was then taken to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital where, after undergoing primary treatment, the girl was referred to AIIMS at midnight.
She had suffered injuries on her head, face, legs, and abdomen.
Fact: Victim put on ventilator support
Sources at AIIMS informed TIE that the girl was critical and had been put on ventilator support. She reportedly underwent two surgeries: one of the skull and another in the lower abdomen. A senior doctor said she had been admitted to the ICU.
Arrest: Man arrested with help of CCTV footage
According to reports, the police have now arrested a man in connection with the incident.
The accused was reportedly identified with the help of CCTV footage acquired from the scene. He also has a past criminal record.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited AIIMS earlier today, said that such criminals should not be allowed to roam freely.
Quote: Doctors said next 24-48 hours critical: Kejriwal
Kejriwal told reporters at AIIMS earlier today, "She has been brutally raped. She has suffered grave injuries and remains critical... Doctors are trying their best to save her life. They said the next 24-48 hours are critical."
"We would assign the best lawyers to assure the accused face the most stringent punishment," he said, also announcing Rs. 10 lakh financial aid for the family.