|Twenty-two suspects have been detained after a six-year-old girl was brutally raped and had her throat slit in New Delhi.|
The attack happened on Saturday in Badarpur district on the outskirts of the Indian capital.
The incident came only days after the sexual assault of a five-year-old girl in the same city triggered a huge public outcry and calls for capital punishment for all rapists.
Family members said the girl went to the public toilet for her daily bath but they were soon informed by locals she was lying in a pool of blood.
"The girl used to go for a daily bath in that public toilet. She also went today," said Jitender Kumar Jha, a relative of the victim.
"After some time people came to our house to tell us that the girl is lying in the toilet with injuries on her neck.
"When we went, we saw her lying on the ground with a slit throat and she was naked."
The police were quick to seal the crime scene and detained 22 suspects with past criminal records in the region.
"We have rounded up 22 suspects. They are alcoholics and drug addicts, who have some past criminal record," said Ajay Chaudhary, a commissioner of police.
"All of them are being questioned. Soon we will identify the culprit and he will be arrested."
Severe neck injuries
The girl was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences trauma centre, where she underwent emergency surgery.
Viplav Mishra, who operated on the victim, confirmed wounds to her genitalia and said her neck injuries were severe enough to confirm an attempt to murder the child.
"The girl had an incised wound on her neck showing that someone tried to slit her throat with a sharp object," Mishra said.
"It was a very deep wound, her wind pipe was just saved, we could see the windpipe and deep structure inside.
"The neck muscle was also damaged. There were four to five incisions.
"I had to take out a segment of skin to repair the damage. It was a long and tedious process.
"Fortunately she has survived and I think that after the sexual assault, there was also an attempt to murder the child."
Last December, public outrage over the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi forced the government to pass a new, tougher law to punish sex crimes and hold police and hospital authorities more responsible.
Brutal sex crimes are common in India, which has a population of 1.2 billion, and UNICEF says one in three rape victims in India are children.
New Delhi alone has the highest number of sex crimes among major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, according to police figures.
Male Rape in the Hood
Male rape appears to be a growing concern in the hood coast to coast. Several months ago a friend in Philadelphia called saying men were being gang raped on the street in the City of Brotherly Love. Apparently the love between brothers has turned to wrath. My friend said gangs of men were assaulting men and raping them at will.
Of course this is a not too infrequent occurrence among the jail and prison population. Men are often raped by prison gangs and those men with the physical power to subdue the weaker brothers, or those not affiliated with a gang, or those in a rival gang. Apparently this ritual of violence has spilled over to the wider society.
Yesterday, a young brother in downtown Oakland told of male rape cases he was familiar with. He swore if he was raped the rapist would be a homicide victim. He said the rapists were difficult to recognize since they did not look gay but often had the demeanor of brothers on the down low or men who look straight but prefer the booty call of other men. The young man said his father called such men booty bandits!
But we are aware there is a significant degree of male rape in the workforce and in the US military, along with female rate estimated at 30% for women in the military. This matter reminds us of the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah, wherein the men came to Lot's house and demanded the angels inside. Lot offered his daughters but they insisted the prophet give up "the angels." They had no desire for his daughters. Shortly thereafter the town was destroyed by earthquake apparently for its iniquities.
We know rape is pandemic these days, most especially in war torn African nations such as the Congo, but also in the newly liberated South Africa where women are raped almost at will.
In the Congo women, girls, men and boys are victims of this act of violence.
Rape has always been a facet of war, usually the victors rape the vanquished. Most often in war, the men are killed and the women seized as the spoils or booty. Of course rape is about power and domination rather than any sexual craving. The rape of men or women is thus a power play to totally humiliate and destroy the dignity and humanity of the victim.
In the hood, male rape may also be tied to gang initiation, along with homicide. Not only can strangers fall victim to the initiate but he may be ordered to rape and/or kill his best friend to prove loyalty to the gang.
Is it not possible the hip hop fad of sagging pants may be a contributing factor to male rape in the hood since men walking about with their behinds showing is inviting to those predators seeking the male booty?
Rape seems a sign of the times, these days the world is not a pretty place but rather a war zone. Ray Charles called it the Danger Zone and said it was everywhere. I've said before, we must practice eternal vigilance, stay ever on the alert and aware of ones surroundings.