A 25-year-old Indian man has been arrested for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl last Saturday on the premises of the United States Embassy in Delhi, the Indian capital.
The man was arrested on Sunday after the child’s parents registered a police complaint, police told local PTI news agency.
Police said the arrested man, who is a driver, is not employed by the embassy. However, he lives with his parents in the embassy’s staff quarters as his father works there.
The US embassy is located in Chanakyapuri, a diplomatic enclave in central Delhi which is home to several embassies and high commissions.
The families of the accused and the victim knew each other well, according to investigators.
It was learnt that the accused “lured” the girl to his house when he saw her playing outside. His parents were away at the time of the attack, investigators told Hindustan Times newspaper.
When the girl returned home, she told her mother what had happened. She was immediately taken to hospital, where doctors confirmed that she had been raped, according to police.
The girl is said to be in a stable condition.
India has recorded several instances of rape over the years. According to the country’s latest crime figures, every fourth rape victim is a child. In an overwhelming number of rape cases, 94 per cent of the victims know the perpetrators.
The Indian government in 2018 introduced the death penalty for those who rape children amid an uproar over two high-profile cases – the rape and murder of an eight-year-old, and the rape of a 16-year-old.