Protests broke out in New Delhi, India over the weekend when a five-year-old girl was brutally raped by a 22-year-old man, Manoj Kumar.
According to The Washington Post the girl was taken from her working class neighborhood and was raped for close to 40 hours in a rented room in New Delhi.
This isn’t the first time the people of India have taken to the streets to protest against the lack of punishment for sexual abusers. About 4 months ago protesters flooded the streets when a young woman was gang raped on a bus in India.
Though there are stronger laws in India since the last protests to protect women from sexual violence, the problem still exists. According to a study conducted by the Asian Center of Human rights there were 48,338 cases of child rape were reported in India from 2001 to 2011.
The activists are now calling New Delhi the Rape capitol. When the little girl was being wheeled out of the hospital the local news cameras caught a glimpse of her doll in her hospital bed with her, giving her the media nickname of “the doll” or “the innocent”. The parents came out to say they were offered bribes by the New Delhi police department.
The girl is currently in stable condition but is still being hospitalized.