Missing 5-year-old girl found raped, locked in house

A five-year-old girl, missing since April 14, was allegedly raped, gagged and locked in a room on the ground floor of the building she lived in East Delhi. Police said it appeared that she had been assaulted brutally because doctors found pieces of glass and traces of candle wax during the medical examination.

The girl was found on Wednesday evening and police said she had been starving for three days.

The suspect is a 24-year-old man, who, like the girl's father, is a tenant in the building.

The man, who hails from Bihar, is absconding. His father is being questioned by police.

A day after she was reported missing, the case was turned into one of kidnapping. On April 17, police were alerted by neighbours who said they had heard a child crying. They told police that the cries came from the ground floor of the building.

Police broken open the door to find the girl lying gagged and tied.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Asif Mohd Ali said: "We have registered a case of rape. The suspect has been identified and investigation is underway. The girl is being treated."

Meanwhile, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a labourer on Wednesday night in Najafgarh, Southwest Delhi. Police said the girl was kidnapped by the 30-year-old labourer, who lured her and took her to the Kakraula canal. Here, police said, the man raped and abandoned her before fleeing.

She was found on Thursday morning. Police are looking for the labourer.

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