A four-year-old Indian girl who was brutally raped died on Monday, hospital authorities said on Tuesday. The little girl had been on a ventilator after suffering severe injuries to both her brain and her vagina. She had been in a coma since April 18, the day after the attack. The girl was the daughter of day laborers in Ghansor. Police said she was lured from her home and was found the next day -- bleeding profusely -- by her parents. Firoz Khan, 27, has been arrested in connection to the attack. A second man, Rakesh Chaudhary, 25, has been arrested for taking the girl to her attacker but not in the rape itself.
In India’s capital city of Delhi, just in the month of April, the police said several juvenile girls have been raped. The rape of a five-year old girl in Delhi ignited sometimes violent protests earlier this month in the nation’s capital, but as of Tuesday at noon, there was little public reaction in Madhya Pradesh over the recent death.
“The value of life for a little girl whether in Delhi or Madhya Pradesh is the same,” said Varun Amar, a lawyer from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. “So why are people not coming on to the streets when this girl has died?”
“The girl from Delhi got 24-7 coverage, but this girl’s death has hardly been covered,” he said.
The cause of the rise in reported sexual assaults of girls under 18-years-old in India has been examined, with a combination of social and cultural factors blamed by some experts. One Indian religious leader blames the rapes on the "increased consumption of meat and alcohol."