Eight-month-old’s rape: Parents say accused wanted to adopt her

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Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Two days after an eight-month-old girl was raped by her cousin in northwest Delhi’s Shakurpur on Sunday, her outraged father said, “We almost lost our daughter to a man who always pretended to take care of her like his own daughter.” Saying that he knew his nephew habitually indulged in teasing women and had tried to make him understand the error of his ways. “Who knew that he would end up doing this to his own sister, that too someone who is not even a year old!” he exclaimed.

The accused has been arrested. The girl’s father and his friends said that they had read about such cases, but never thought it would happen to them. According to Delhi Police data, in 96.6% of the rape cases reported in 2017, the accused were known to the victims, with 14.2% of them, in fact, being related to their victims.

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