India is not a country for young girls. It is shown by the high rate of abuse every year involving thousands of young girls. The ultimate horror was consumed in New Delhi, where a three-year-old child was hospitalized in very serious condition. From the preliminary information, the child living with parents in a slum district of Sarojini Nagar, was attacked Saturday night when she was conducted in an abandoned field where the rape occurred.
Parents were alarmed by some local residents who found the child crying and bleeding. Once in the hospital, the doctors confirmed the rape committed with a wooden object. After an emergency operation, she is now in intensive care. According to the police an acquaintance of the family was the one who approached the child. The Indian Express revealed that a young 22-year-old was arrested in the evening of Sunday, but the news has not yet been confirmed, and the attacker could be free.
Only a few months ago, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, a 7-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped and slaughtered after a man had lured her during a wedding. In India the problem of violence against women and children has ancient roots but only in recent years has become a topic discussed abroad. Very often the topic discussed is domestic violence where the tormenter is someone belonging to the family.
The drama experienced by these innocents has been well described by Human Rights Watch, in its latest report dedicated to child sexual abuse in India: “Breaking the Silence” is a document that stabs at “institutions and government that are not able to protect children”. According to a governmental study in 2007 based on a sample of children interviewed, 53% admitted to having suffered at least one rape. Other estimates suggest that 7,200 children are raped every year nationwide.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo