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Indian police arrest man for allegedly raping 5-year-old girl

By Harmeet Shah Singh and Aliza Kassim, CNN
April 20, 2013 -- Updated 0923 GMT (1723 HKT)
Indian protestors shout anti-government and Delhi police slogans during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year old girl, outside a hospital in New Delhi on April 19, 2013
Indian protestors shout anti-government and Delhi police slogans during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year old girl, outside a hospital in New Delhi on April 19, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Doctors say they removed foreign objects from her genitals
  • They included candle pieces and a small bottle
  • The attack sparked protests New Delhi on Friday

New Delhi (CNN) -- Indian police have arrested a man who they say abducted a 5-year-old girl, kept her captive in his house and repeatedly raped her.

The girl was initially admitted to a hospital in her neighborhood, where doctors said they removed foreign objects from her genitals, including candle pieces and a small bottle.

The assault came barely months after a 23-year physiotherapy student was savagely gang-raped in a moving bus in an attack that triggered seething protests in the country. She later died at a Singapore hospital.

In the latest case, a neighbor abducted the girl, locked her in a house and brutally raped her repeatedly before she was found semiconscious three days later, according to police.

The suspect was arrested in Bihar state in eastern India and is being brought to New Delhi, city police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

The girl was later transferred to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in New Delhi.

Her condition has stabilized, according to hospital spokesman Y.K. Gupta, who said she underwent surgery to help with her bowel movement.

The attack sparked protests in New Delhi on Friday. Many demonstrators are members of a political party of the leading anti-corruption activist, Arvind Kejriwal.

Criticized for what was seen as his late response to the December gang rape, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was quick to issue a statement this time, calling the act "shameful."

And as the nation's media ran footage of a police officer slapping a female protester, Singh also ordered strict action against the officer and anyone who roughed up demonstrators.

The girl went missing Sunday evening, her parents say, and police registered their report Monday.

She was found Wednesday in a house on the ground floor of her building.

CNN's Harmeet Shah Singh contributed from New Delhi, and Aliza Kassim from Atlanta.

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