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12-year-old girl sexually assaulted in west Delhi

NEW DELHI: A 12-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by an unidentified man, who also hit her face and head with a sharp object at her home in

west Delhi

‘s

Paschim Vihar area

, police said on Wednesday.

The girl, who has injury marks on her body, is currently admitted in a city hospital where her condition is stated to be serious, they said.

Police are questioning the neighbours and scanning CCTV footage of the nearby area to identify the accused, they added.

Police said they received information about the incident on Tuesday evening. The neighbours saw the girl lying in a pool of blood and informed the police and her parents.

The victim was taken to

Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital

. After preliminary treatment, she was shifted to AIIMS for further treatment.

The injuries on the victim’s body were caused by a sharp object, a senior police officer said.

Police have registered a case under relevant sections.

“We received information on Tuesday regarding assault of a minor girl in Paschim Vihar West police station. An FIR under section 307 (attempt to murder) and POCSO Act has been registered and further investigation is under progress,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) A Koan said.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the parents of the girl were at their workplace and the victim was alone in the house when the incident took place, police said.

According to police, she was hit couple of times on her head and face with a sharp object.

The accused managed to escape from the spot.

The Delhi Commission For Women

(DCW) has also issued a notice to the police in connection with the incident and has sought a detailed action taken report in the matter by August 8.

The panel said the horrific incident of rape was reported from Paschim Vihar on August 4.

“Reportedly, the girl was brutally raped and then the culprit(s) tried to kill her. Presently, she is fighting for her life in AIIMS, Delhi. It is reported that she was attacked with blunt objects and has injuries all over her body. This is a very serious matter,” the panel said.

The DCW has sought a copy of FIR. It has also sought to know whether the accused have been arrested in the case.

(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

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