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8-Month-Old Baby Was Allegdly Raped by Her Adult Cousin in India

An 8-month-old baby in New Delhi — dubbed India’s “rape capital” — was left with “horrific” damage to her internal organs after being raped, allegedly by her 28-year-old cousin.

According to Time, the infant is in critical, but stable, condition after undergoing surgery yesterday, and her cousin has since been arrested. Local India news channel NDTV first reported on the alleged crime. 

News of the brutal crime has sparked outrage in the country where sexual assault and gender-based violence remain major problems despite efforts to strengthen rape laws in recent years.

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Child rape in India is not an uncommon crime, the BBC reported. Multiple cases of babies being raped have been reported in the last few years and the rape and murder of a 6-year-old prompted protests in Haryana state last December.

Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the need for "stricter laws and more police resources" in a tweet after visiting the baby in recovery, the BBC reported.

Read more: Despite India’s Anti-Rape Laws, Sexual Assault Is Still a Major Problem

She also tweeted her outrage and was joined by many others who denounced the horrific crime and called for action.

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