A SEVEN-year-old girl was found screaming for her mum after she was raped and stabbed in the eyes.
The little girl was discovered with her hands and legs bound in an abandoned house in the outskirts of a village in Madhya Pradesh, India.
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Surgeons managed to save the child's eyes, and miraculously she has not lost her sight.
This is the third rape in the area since the country went into lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Police have arrested a 20-year-old suspect named locally as Sachin Sen, after announcing a reward of 10,000 Indian Rupees for information about the vile attack.
Inspector General Sagar Range Anil Sharma said: "The accused lured the girl away on Wednesday evening and took her to the abandoned house, where he tied her up and committed the crime."
Dr Rajesh Tiwari, superintendent of Jabalpur Medical College said: "The girl has swelling in her eyes.
"Specialists have examined her and it does not seem she has any grave injuries in her eyes."
On April 18, a 17-year-old was abducted by two men and raped for three hours while she was on her way to a hospital in Madhya Pradesh.
The girl was dragged into a car and taken to a deserted area in BHEL Township Govindpura.
India Times reported that it was unusual that the crime took place in a vehicle while movement is restricted in the country.
The report stated: "What's equally shocking, the car carrying her must have passed through police checkpoints in the in the 6-8km between JP Hospital and Govindpura – but they were not stopped anywhere."
VIOLENCE IN LOCKDOWN
After the three hours of torture, her attackers dumped her in a park and threatened to kill her if she went to the police.
Luckily, she was advised by a friend to speak out and filed a police report several days later.
According to the data, 32,500 cases of rape were registered with the police in 2017 – almost 90 per day.
Twitter users have highlighted the surge in violence against women and children during lockdown.
Last week, India's National Commission for Women said it registered 587 domestic violence complaints between March 23 and April 16.
More than 50 helplines have been launched across India to help women in need.
The National Crime Records Bureau on October 21, 2019, released its report for the year 2017, which stated that 359,849 cases of crime against women were reported in the country.
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