Eight-month-old baby raped in India

Eight-month-old baby raped in India

An eight-month-old baby girl is in critical condition after she was allegedly raped by her cousin in the Indian capital of Delhi, police say.

Her parents took her to hospital after discovering her bed was covered in blood when they returned from work on Sunday, the BBC reported.

Police said they had arrested the baby's 28-year old cousin.

The chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), Swati Jai Hind, visited the infant in hospital on Monday night and wrote on Twitter that she had suffered serious internal injuries and undergone a three-hour operation.

Ms Jai Hind also tweeted that the DCW would give 50,000 rupee ($969) to the parents of the baby girl "to support them".

"Her parents [are very] poor, daily wage labourers and need … financial support," she wrote.

"Further, we have filed an application in court today seeking interim compensation for baby in the matter."

In 2012, the brutal gang rape and subsequent death of a medical student spurred calls for Indian to tackle the issue of sexual violence.

But just last year, India's women's rights movement voiced their frustration at the lack of progress being made in cutting the instances of rape.

As many as 10,854 cases of child rape were reported in India in 2015, according to India's National Crime Records Bureau.