Police say two children – a two-year-old and a five-year-old – have been raped in separate attacks in the Indian capital Delhi, in the latest incidents of sexual violence against girls and women in the country.
Delhi Police deputy superintendent Pushpendra Kumar said on Saturday that the two-year-old girl was playing outside her home when she was raped in a west Delhi suburb on Friday evening.
Family members found the child lying unconscious and bleeding in a park three hours after she went missing during a power outage in the neighbourhood.
Meanwhile, police said on Saturday that they were questioning three men who were arrested in the gang-rape of the five-year-old on Friday evening in east Delhi.
Both girls were hospitalised and were in stable condition, police said.
The incidents come one week after a four-year-old girl was allegedly raped and slashed with a blade before being abandoned by a railway track in the capital.
Police arrested a 25-year-old man over that attack in which the young girl suffered severe internal injuries and had apparently been slashed with a sharp object.
The attacks add to a grim catalogue of sexual assaults in India, many of which have sparked domestic and international outrage.
The fatal gang-rape of a young student on a bus in Delhi in 2012 led to an outpouring of anger over frightening levels of violence against women.
India recorded 36,735 rape cases in 2014, with 2,096 of them in Delhi.
Experts say those figures likely underrepresent the true scale of the crimes. Al Jazeera