India in shock over 86-year-old grandmother’s rape

India in shock over 86-year-old grandmother's rape
The 86-year-old grandmother was raped in Delhi.
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Daily US Times: Every year, tens of thousands of rapes are reported in India, but some stand out for being deeply disturbing. A rape case in the capital Delhi shocked everyone.

In one particularly shocking case, Delhi police have arrested a man in his 30s for the rape and assault of an 86-year-old grandmother.

Swati Maliwal, head of the Delhi Commission for Women, said: “The woman was waiting outside her home on Monday evening for the milkman when she was approached by her attacker.”

“He told her that her regular milk delivery man wasn’t coming and offered to take her to the place where she could get milk.”

Ms Maliwal said the woman trustingly accompanied him and he took her to a nearby farm where he raped her.

Ms Maliwal said: “She kept crying and begging him to leave her. She told him that she was like his grandmother. But he ignored her pleas and assaulted her mercilessly when she tried to resist and protect herself.”

Villagers who were passing by heard the octogenarian’s cries and rescued her and handed over the attacker to the police.

Ms Maliwal visited the survivor at her home on Tuesday. She described her meeting as “heart-breaking”.

She said: “Her hands are totally wrinkled. You get a shock when you hear what she went through. There are bruises on her face and all over her body and she told me that she had vaginal bleeding. She is suffering from extreme trauma.”

The police officer has demanded the death penalty for the attacker, whom she described as “not human”.

She said: “I’m writing to the chief justice of Delhi High Court and the lieutenant-governor of the city to fast-track the case and hang him in six months.”

Since December 2012 when a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi, rapes and sexual violence have been in the spotlight in India.

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