Hundreds of angry protesters took to the streets of the Indian capital on Saturday after reports that a Five-year-old girl was held captive for 40 hours during which time she was raped and tortured.
Doctors say she suffered severe injuries to her neck and genitalia and she is in a critical condition.
B.N. Bansal, a doctor from Swami Dayanand Hospital, said she had undergone an operation on arrival and “the next 48 hours will be critical for her.”
Indian police have arrested a 22-year old man who is said to be the girl’s neighbour.
He was reportedly apprehended in Bihar state after leaving the girl for dead and fleeing the capital.
Protests grew even more intense after it was reported investigators had offered the girl’s family – who work as labourers and live in a slum on the outskirts of Delhi – 2,000 rupees (28 euros) not to file a case.
The assault revived memories of the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a New Delhi bus in December that resulted in the death of the victim.
Television pictures showed hundreds of people in front of the Delhi police headquarters as well as the hospital where the latest victim is battling for her life.
They were chanting slogans attacking alleged corruption among the authorities and demanding better law enforcement in the city of 16 million people.