A 7-year-old girl was allegedly raped on a train in India, authorities said Monday.
The girl was on a train traveling through the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, and told police that the man gave her a 10 Indian rupee note (approximately $0.16) after the crime.
The rape is believed to have occurred on an express train between Friday night and Saturday morning. The man allegedly followed the girl into a bathroom, locked the door, and raped her. The assailant then gave the girl money, wrapped her in a piece of cloth, and dumped her at a train station in Bilaspur. It is unknown whether the girl was traveling alone or with company.
Police are trying to figure out if the girl was raped on the train or somewhere else in the region.
“The girl was found near Bhakt Kanwarram Market at Kotwali police station. She was seriously injured and profusely bleeding, following which she was admitted to Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences hospital yesterday morning,” Bilaspur superintendent of police Ratanlal Dangi said.
The Government Railway Police are trying to identify the girl, Dangi said. They have announced a 25,000 rupee ($409) reward for information about the assailant. The GRP is also reviewing CCTV footage of the train station.
The girl is in intensive care, but in stable condition.
Last month, a 22-year-old Catholic nun trainee was kidnapped and gang-raped for a week by a group of men, including her cousins. The young woman was lured to a train station in the Orissa region by her kidnappers, who told her over the phone that her mother was sick. They then took her to a different location and raped her for several days before taking her back to the train station on July 11. She was told not to tell anyone what happened.
The rape was believed to be a revenge attack. The suspects reportedly believed that the victim’s brother was involved in the death of one attacker’s father.