India: Man arrested for raping eight-year-old in Delhi

An anti-rape protest in Delhi, India, on Monday, Dec 16, 2013 Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus

Police in India have arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl in Delhi.

The girl was playing in the park when the accused offered her some sweets and took her away to a secluded area where he raped her, police told BBC Hindi.

A neighbour found her in the park and informed her parents. She was taken to hospital and her condition is stable.

Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.

The government tightened laws on sexual violence last year after widespread protests following the attack.

But violence and discrimination against women remain deeply entrenched in India's staunchly patriarchal society.

The latest incident took place on Sunday evening in Delhi's Bara Hindu Rao area.

Police say the accused is a relative of the landlord in whose house the girl's family lives.

Last month, a 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped at knife-point close to her Delhi hotel. A group of men assaulted her in the Paharganj area in the early evening after she lost her way and asked for help.

Also last month, an 18-year-old German was raped in Tamil Nadu on a train.

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