Kolkata: A gory incident of rape shook the West Bengal capital where a 3-year-old daughter of a rag-picker was raped and brulaized by a 45-year-old man even as her helpless brother begged the assaulter for her release.
The attacker, a bus cleaner, lured the girl into a parked bus and brutally raped her while her hapless five-year-old brother kept banging on the bus hearing his little sister scream in pain and horror.
The accused, Sheikh Munna, 45, was arrested for raping the girl, who is in a critical condition and is being treated at the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital, a senior officer of the Kolkata Police said.
The incident took place last evening when the victim was playing with her brother. Munna dragged the girl inside the parked bus on Canal (West) Road in north Kolkata after luring her with a chocolate, the officer said.
"The victim's brother pleaded with Munna to open the door and let his sister go when she was screaming," he said.
The boy continued banging on the bus door and when there was no response, he ran to inform their mother, who is a widowed rag-picker.
"The woman alerted her neighbours who rushed to the bus and rescued the girl from the accused. They thrashed him before informing the police," the officer said.
"The girl was found lying in a pool of blood on a bus seat. Her clothes were torn and she was bleeding profusely," he said, adding that the accused had blood on his hands and trousers when he was arrested.
"We are waiting for the report of the tests to confirm rape. We are questioning the accused and our forensic experts have collected samples from the spot where the alleged incident took place," the officer said.
According to doctors at the state-run medical facility, the girl was bleeding profusely when she was brought to the hospital.
"Her condition has improved since last night and possibly she will survive. Signs are clear that she had been brutalised," one senior doctor said.
Forensic experts have also collected blood samples and stains from the bus which has been seized, the officer added.