An eight-month-old baby girl has been raped in Delhi, India

A tragedy in India shocked the country and made national headlines on Monday: an eight-month-old baby girl has been raped by her 29-old cousin, in the Indian capital Delhi. She is in a critical condition after being admitted to hospital on Sunday with “horrific injuries” in her internal organs. The rape of the baby girl happened on Sunday.

The girl’s parents rushed her to hospital after discovering her bed covered in blood when they returned from work . She had undergone a three-hour operation. Her parents are very poor, daily wage workers and need financial support.The 28 year man was arrested. He could face a life sentence. Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal visited the girl.

Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal

She also tweeted a direct appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that "stricter laws and more police resources" were needed to protect girls in the country. Such crimes are not uncommon in India and their numbers are rising rapidly. According to the latest National Crime Records Bureau data and police 19,765 cases of child rape were registered in India. 50% of abusers are known to the child or are "persons in trust and care-givers." A UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2014 said one in three rape victims in India was a minor and expressed alarm over the widespread sexual abuse of children.